Kory Sperry couldn’t help but chuckle Wednesday morning when asked to recall his range of emotions this week.
The Dolphins released the second-year tight end from Colorado State on Tuesday. A day later, Sperry received a call from his agent telling him he’d been picked up by his hometown team.
Suddenly, the 25-year-old had the chance he’d dreamed of since his childhood growing up in Pueblo, Colo., and rooting on the John Elway-led Broncos.
“It was just a big shocker, man,” Sperry said. “I’ve followed the Broncos a lot, and I’m excited about what they’re doing. At the same time, just being close to my family is going to be fun. It got me real excited.”
Sperry finished his rookie season in Miami with three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in eight games, including one start. He joins a tight end group that features a veteran he’s always admired, Daniel Graham, and a pair of players he first met at last year’s NFL Combine, Richard Quinn and Marquez Branson.
The 6-foot-4, 238-pound tight end participated in his first walkthrough this morning and will slip on his white No. 45 Broncos jersey for the first time during the team’s practice later today.
Sperry, who has also spent time with San Diego, said he’s not sure if he’ll be ready to contribute in Sunday’s preseason game against the Steelers at INVESCO Field at Mile High. For now, he said he’s focused on “testing the waters,” learning the playbook and getting to know his teammates.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for Sperry. But in joining the team his father, Belden, taught him to love, he couldn’t have asked for a better situation.
Now Sperry said all that’s left for him to do is take advantage of the homecoming opportunity.
“It’s a blessing,” Sperry said. “When one option gets taken away from you, hopefully another one opens up, and it did. It’s one of those things that you can’t let slip by.”
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com
Below are photos of today’s workout.