The Denver Broncos signed quarterback Ben DiNucci to the roster to add depth at the position behind Russell Wilson as the organization prepared for the 2023 season.
DiNucci played for the Dallas Cowboys for a while a few years ago, but was never able to become a mainstay on an NFL roster. In 2023, he joined the XFL and played a full season with the Seattle Sea Dragons. He led the league with 2,671 passing yards and had 20 touchdown passes.
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However, DiNucci quickly found out in camp this week how different the NFL is from the XFL and other spring leagues. DiNucci threw an interception in front of new Broncos co-owner and CEO Greg Penner, according to new head coach Sean Payton. Penner is the president of Walmart.
Payton revealed to reporters what he told DiNucci after 2023 third-round pick Drew Sanders cut him.
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«Unfortunately for Ben DiNucci it was his first interception,» Payton said. «And there was more to that interception if you looked at it. It was a good play by Sanders. He was right in front of Greg Penner.
«I was telling Greg before practice how this Ben DiNucci was doing well. I told Ben, I said, ‘You know, he owns Walmart. If it doesn’t work out here, I’m sure there’s a chance to greeting somewhere at once». from his local stores'».
The Cowboys selected DiNucci in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played three games for Dallas while the team was decimated by injuries and COVID. He had 219 passing yards in those games.
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DiNucci is fighting for a roster spot again with Jarrett Stidham and Jarrett Guarantano.