Friday, the Denver Broncos officially placed defensive end Vance Walker on injured reserve, after he tore his ACL during Monday's practice. To fill the roster spot Walker vacated, the Broncos did not immediately go out and sign another D-lineman, like I had mused they might.
Instead, they re-signed tight end Manasseh Garner, whom they had waived a few weeks ago, following his appendectomy. Garner is on the mend and ready to compete at Broncos Camp once again.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1697483-understanding-kubiak-s-wc... Garner went undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. As a rookie, he spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills before being signed to a futures contract by the Broncos this past January.
There's a lot to like about the former collegiate wide receiver. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, he has good hands and the athleticism to exploit linebackers and safeties in coverage.
Garner tallied 52 receptions for 637 yards and five touchdowns for the Panthers. However, he only appeared in 23 games. With the balance of younger and veteran players the Broncos currently have at tight end, it's unlikely Garner has a shot to land on the final roster.
He's a developmental player, and he's now playing catch-up in what remains of training camp and preseason. But if he can show out and earn some snaps in the three remaining preseason games, he could find a home elsewhere in the league.
Let us not forget; it is the NFL. Anything is possible. If he plays well enough, he could conceivably leap-frog Henry Krieger-Coble on the depth chart and maybe secure a practice squad spot at the very least.
At this stage, that would be unlikely.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.