The move to place C.J. Anderson on Injured Reserve after knee surgery this week left just 52 men on the active roster. Just a day before they play the San Diego Chargers at home, the Denver Broncos made it a full 53, signing third-year running back Juwan Thompson from the practice squad.
The move to make Thompson the third running back behind Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs is not a surprising one; Thompson was a member of the active roster in both the 2014 and 2015 season after signing with the Broncos as an undrafted rookie out of Duke.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... Thompson was most successful in his rookie year, when he ran 272 yards and three touchdowns spelling Anderson and Ronnie Hillman. Thompson's first two career touchdowns came in a Thursday Night Football game against San Diego at home.
Perhaps not transitioning very smoothly to Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme on offense, Thompson struggled to get up to speed last season, running for just 38 yards and spending most games as an inactive.
To some extent, Thompson excels in many of the ways that Anderson did. He lacks most of the lateral quickness of Anderson, but he punishes defenders, runs well between the tackles, and has proven to be a solid option at the goal line.
Most of the touches will likely go to Booker and Bibbs, but Thompson will undoubtedly provide an imposing presence that isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and run north-south.
If the Broncos find themselves with a lead at the end of the game tomorrow, don't be surprised if they give the ball to no. 40 and let him close it out.
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.