Denver Broncos Promote CB Taurean Nixon, Release TE John Phillips

Nixon joins his Tulane teammate Lorenzo Doss in the secondary.

According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Denver Broncos tweaked their roster by making a couple of moves the day before their pivotal Sunday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders.

The Broncos promoted cornerback Taurean Nixon from the practice squad to the active roster, while releasing veteran tight end John Phillips to the pool of NFL free agents.

Nixon played alongside fellow Broncos corner Lorenzo Doss in college at Tulane, and was drafted just two rounds after him in the 2015 NFL Draft. Nixon showed a fair amount of promise in the training camp, but an injury to his leg forced him into another season as a member of the practice squad.

The move is a response to Aqib Talib being ruled out and Kayvon Webster's doubtful status for Sunday night. On the flip side, the decision to let go of Phillips shows that the Broncos are ready to move forward with their newly-acquired tight end A.J. Derby, who appears to be ready to suit up after sitting out last week's game against San Diego.

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Phillips is an eight-year veteran, having spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys. The primarily-blocking tight end has played in every game this season, but has recorded his five receptions in just two games, including a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Three.

The call to release Phillips also shows that Denver is still putting some faith in second-year tight end Jeff Heuerman, who has been mostly anonymous this season.

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

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