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The Denver Broncos Sign Tight End John Phillips, Waive Tight End Manasseh Garner

The Broncos made a roster move to swap tight ends on Thursday.

The Denver Broncos made a roster move shortly after the first practice of training camp, signing tight end John Phillips in place of another tight end, Manasseh Garner.

Phillips, 29, spent the last three years of his career with the San Diego Chargers after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Known mostly for his blocking ability, Phillips caught 10 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown behind Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green in 2015.

Despite tearing his ACL in both 2010 and 2013, Phillips has still managed to play in 80 regular season games over the course of his career.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1688594-mhh-premium-how-you-can-s...Garner was the only Bronco not participating in this morning's practice, a mystery that has now been solved in light of the recent news. Denver cited the non-football illness designation in waiving him.

Garner reportedly underwent an appendectomy Wednesday, and although he's doing okay, the Broncos need a tight end now, so they had to waive him. 

After playing wide receiver at Pitt, Garner briefly spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs as a fullback and with the Cleveland Browns as a tight end last offseason. 

While Garner was expected to compete with offseason additions Garrett Graham and Henry Krieger-Coble at tight end, that responsibility will now belong to Phillips, who presents a much different set of skills at the position.

Phillips will likely become the second-best blocking tight end on the Broncos behind Virgil Green, but don't expect him to be split out at the flex position and sent deep during the preseason. 

Now in his eighth year in the NFL, Phillips isn't a candidate for the practice squad, so he'll either have to make the 53-man roster outright or catch on elsewhere.

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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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