ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— Tuesday, the Denver Broncos were active in adding new players to the roster, trying to find some future depth and seeing who can be used in spot situations, once injuries begin to strike during the season. Tight end Marcel Jensen was one of them, which we reported yesterday.
Among the other NFL neophytes the Broncos brought in were wide receiver/kick returner Solomon Patton, who was acquired off waivers and two rookie free agents in guard Andre Davis and receiver David Porter.
Patton, a 5-foot-9, 177-pound receiver out of Florida, is in his second season of NFL service, having spent 2014 with both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals, while the undrafted free agent got almost all of his reps on kick returns.
While appearing in seven games with the Buccaneers and six with the Cardinals, he had 112 yards amassed on 10 punt returns, as well as 18 kickoff returns for 416 yards. As a collegian, Patton amassed 52 receptions for 635 yards and six scores, as well as posting 39 kickoff returns for 1,080 yards in 43 games, eight of which he was a starter for the Gators.
It would appear the Broncos would use him primarily on returns, as a viable threat in that department was missing in 2014. Patton could be a reliable player Denver could place in that role consistently. It’s his best chance to make the roster. Time will tell.
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Additionally, Davis, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard, matriculated at the University of Buffalo, starting all 48 games he played for the Bulls and competed at both guard and tackle. Davis was in the New York Jets rookie mini-camp earlier this month as a tryout player, before signing with the Broncos.
Meanwhile, Porter is a 6-foot-0, 197-pound receiver out of Texas Christian, who posted 74 receptions for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Horned Frogs in his collegiate days at Fort Worth, Texas. Porter previously had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins last week before coming to Denver.
To be honest, I primarily see these players as practice squad fodder but there are always surprises once competition is opened up in training camp. If nothing else, all of these players have impressive collegiate pedigrees and bring skills to the table. It remains to be seen what the Broncos can get out of them.
In the video below, watch Solomon Patton gash the opposition while he was at Florida.