2 newcomers set to play for Denver on Sunday

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ENGLEWOOD | The Denver Broncos didn’t bring cornerback Jamar Taylor and wide receiver Andre Holmes onto the starting squad this week just to fill in at practice.

“They’re both dressing” Sunday at San Francisco, coach Vance Joseph said. “You’re going to see Andre out there playing (special) teams and playing on the offense. Jamar is going to be our fourth corner this week.”

FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Bills’ Andre Holmes runs a route during the first half of an NFL football game, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Denver Broncos didn’t bring cornerback Jamar Taylor and wide receiver Andre Holmes on board this week just to fill in at practice. “They’re both dressing” Sunday at San Francisco, coach Vance Joseph said. “You’re going to see Andre out there playing (special) teams and playing on the offense. Jamar is going to be our fourth corner this week, so he’s going to play.” (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jamar Taylor (28) is shown during an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. The Denver Broncos didn’t bring cornerback Jamar Taylor and wide receiver Andre Holmes on board this week just to fill in at practice. “They’re both dressing” Sunday at San Francisco, coach Vance Joseph said. “You’re going to see Andre out there playing (special) teams and playing on the offense. Jamar is going to be our fourth corner this week, so he’s going to play.”(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

With cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (fractured fibula) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ruptured Achilles tendon) becoming the fifth and sixth starters from Week 1 to suffer major injuries, the Broncos become even more dependent on their strong rookie class — and the two newcomers who are scrambling to decipher Denver’s playbook.

It helps that both have a history of working with the team’s coaches.

“I’ve still got things to learn,” said Holmes, who is tapping into his time working with Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave in Oakland two years ago. “There are some things I remember, but I’m two years removed from his offense.”

Taylor is a sixth-year veteran who has played in 74 career games spanning stops in Miami — where Joseph was an assistant coach — Cleveland and Arizona. But this will be the first time he’s switched teams midseason.