ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—The Denver Broncos have had a busy week. Between joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers, signing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis and releasing veteran kicker Connor Barth, there hasn't been a dull moment at Dove Valley this week.
Today, the Broncos continued to shake things up, as they waived wide receiver Solomon Patton. Patton, a second-year player out of Florida, was signed earlier in the offseason, to compete for kick and punt return duties.
He seemed to be making progress, as the Broncos got into training camp, and even earned some praise from head coach Gary Kubiak. But in the Broncos first preseason game of the year at Seattle, Patton muffed a punt and has since been unable to get back in the good graces of the team.
At 5-foot-9, 177 pounds, Patton possesses the skill-set to play the slot in the NFL. But the Broncos are stacked at wide receiver. ThWhat they needed was an explosive, reliable punt returner. The Broncos are actually doing Patton a favor in waiving him now, giving him plenty of time to catch on with another team.
To fill Patton's vacated roster spot, the Broncos added former Fordham University standout tight end Dan Light. Light went undrafted this past spring. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, he left Fordham as the top pass-catching tight end in Fordham history.
The Broncos are obviously concerned with their depth at tight end, as Light is the second tight end they've acquired in the last week. They claimed former Utah Ute Jake Murphy a week ago yesterday.
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