Monday, in a surprising roster move, the Denver Broncos claimed offensive lineman Billy Turner off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens. To make room for Turner on the active roster, the Broncos waived guard/tackle Darrion Weems.
A Miami Dolphins third round pick out of North Dakota State in 2014, Turner is well traveled as of late and will now be joining his third team. Turner did see substantial time with the Dolphins this year at both starting tackle positions and was a surprising cut in his own right when he was waived by Miami and claimed shortly thereafter by Baltimore on October 12.
Because of the short turnaround time and the Ravens needing another body ready to go for their game this week, Turner was again waived.
Aside from filling in at both tackle spots, Turner does have experience at guard, as well. He started the final 12 games for Miami last year. With good linemen being hard to find in the league, Denver must have felt that Turner would provide quality depth at both guard and tackle spots along their embattled O-line.
The move comes at the expense of Weems, who had a solid preseason and was mentioned by some as a possible starter on an O-line that has seen injuries befall right tackle Donald Stephenson and poor performance by second-year guard Max Garcia. In much the same mold as Turner, it won’t be a huge surprise to see Weems quickly picked up by another team looking to upgrade their trenches.
With the offensive line reeling a bit after last Thursday’s divisional loss to the San Diego Chargers, this move may be a signal sent by the front office that better execution is wanted and needed immediately. The team continues to look for ways to improve and mold the roster as they prepare for their Monday night showdown with the Houston Texans coming into town next Monday night.
Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.
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