Denver Broncos Release Starting Cornerback Essang Bassey
After their first victory of the season, the Denver Broncos made personnel changes in an effort to get better.
Essang Bassey, a cornerback, was released by the Broncos, according to Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post.
Undrafted Bassey, a graduate of Wake Forest, played three games as Denver's nickel cornerback.
When Denver faced the Chicago Bears in Week 4, undrafted free agent Ja'Quan McMillian started in place of Bassey.
With the Broncos, Bassey has 46 tackles and four pass deflections. In his first season, Bassey made one interception.
Denver's defense allowed 70 points and missed 24 tackles in Week 3's game against the Miami Dolphins, including five by Bassey in the secondary.
The Broncos' pass defense has been awful through four games. Denver ranks 31st in pass yards allowed while playing a potential top quarterback.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Sam Howell, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Fields all average 285 passing yards against the Denver defense.
The worst in the NFL is Joseph's defense, which gives up 176 rushing yards a game.
The Broncos' defense would allow 118 yards per game if the Dolphins' 350 rushing yards weren't taken into account.
Bassey's departure frees up a spot on the 53-man roster for the Broncos. Dwayne Washington, a running back and member of the special teams, is expected to accept.