We reported yesterday that defensive back and primary special teams return man, Omar Bolden, injured his knee and would miss the rest of the postseason.
The Denver Broncos have officially placed Bolden on injured reserve, leaving a spot open on their 53-man roster. They've filled it with cornerback Taurean Nixon, a rookie seventh round pick selected this past May.
Nixon has spent most of the season on the practice squad and hails from Tulane, along with his fellow 2015 draft pick Lorenzo Doss. Doss was selected in the fifth round and has been on the Broncos active roster since Week 1.
Because of their shared history and familiarity with one another, Doss was asked earlier this year, not long after they were drafted by John Elway, what Nixon brings to the table as a corner.
“You [aren’t] going to run by him because he’s got 4.3 speed and he hits like a train,” Doss said. “He can do it all. He can cover; he’s the fastest guy the on the field and then he can come up and play the run game.”
At 6-foot-0 and 187 pounds, Nixon also has the prototypical length that defensive coordinators look for in the modern NFL cornerback. The downside? He's untested.
A former track star, there's no doubt Nixon brings speed to the table for the Broncos. But it would take catastrophe for him to see the field this Sunday vs. the New England Patriots, other than on special teams.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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