Back to health, back with Broncos, Essang Bassey tries to win reserve cornerback role

Broncos cornerback Essang Bassey’s first-hand experience that the NFL is a wacky business was revealed during the second half of last season.

He played against the Chargers … and for the Chargers.

He was waived by the Broncos … and re-claimed by the Broncos.

He moved out of his Denver area apartment … and moved back in.

“Same lease,” Bassey said at the Broncos’ organized team activity practice Monday. “I lived out of a hotel for two weeks (in Los Angeles) and moved back in.”

Back with the Broncos, Bassey is back in the crowded mix to secure the Nos. 4-6 cornerback spots behind Pat Surtain II, Ronald Darby and K’Waun Williams.

Bassey made the Broncos in 2020 as an undrafted free agent and played 168 defensive snaps in the first four games because of A.J. Bouye’s opening-week injury. After Bouye returned, Bassey was a special teams player, but returned to the defense in Week 9 at Atlanta, beginning a stretch in which he played 48, 43, 54, 26 and 28 snaps.

Bassey’s season ended in the end zone at Kansas City when he sustained a non-contact ACL injury.

Last year, Bassey was on the physically unable to perform list for the first nine games.

“I had some meniscus work done, too, so the beginning of my rehab was a little slower,” he said. “I don’t think it took longer than expected, I was just listening to my body throughout…

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