The move addresses the shortage of tackles on the team, and the abundance of tight ends. Denver has Shannon Sharpe on the roster, along with Jeb Putzier, Jed Weaver, O.J. Santiago, Patrick Hape and Mike Leach.
Carswell, who played at 265 pounds last year, usually puts on about 20 pounds each offseason. Rather than take it off, coaches told him to keep it on after the draft.
"He's always done a great job blocking for us at the tight end position. We felt like we needed some depth at tackle and he's a really good athlete," coach Mike Shanahan said.
"If we ever needed him to go to tight end - on goal line or short-yardage situations - he could still do that. The more you can do the better off you are."
NOTES, QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES
--After four years coaching Ian Gold, even defensive coordinator Larry Coyer had a tough time addressing Denver's new No. 52.
"Early in practice, almost every drill, I'd start to say 'Ian,'" Coyer said.
But while rookie linebacker D.J. Williams may pack a bit more bulk than the former No. 52 - Ian Gold, who left via free agency for Tampa Bay - he showed off his speed at the team's first minicamp.
"He's just been out there one day but he's athletic enough to play," Coyer said of Denver's No. 17 overall pick. "He's big, fast, agile. I'm sure there will be peaks and valleys, but he's got talent."
--The Broncos have two brother acts trying to make it. Besides Kenoy Kennedy and brother Brandon, the Broncos have Jed and Chris Weaver on the roster. Jed is a tight end and Chris a long-snapper/center who was not selected in the recent draft.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It is real strange. I'm not going to lie. It's like they cut off my left arm and my right arm or something." - Middle linebacker Al Wilson on the breakup of their Three Musketeers linebackng corps. Ian Gold left via free agency and John Mobley is still not cleared to return from a spinal cord injury.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
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PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: FB Reuben Droughns; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; TE/LS Mike Leach; CB Jimmy Spencer; LB Donnie Spragan; LB Jashon Sykes; CB Scott Turner; LB Al Wilson; S Chris Young.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Champ Bailey; DE Marco Coleman; DT Luther Elliss; OT Cornell Green; RB Garrison Hearst; WR Willie Jackson; DE Raylee Johnson; S John Lynch; QB Mike Quinn; TE O.J. Santiago; CB Reggie Stephens; TE Jed Weaver.
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