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.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1724714-3-keys-to-victory-broncos... 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.
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.