Broncos sign seven to practice squad

The Denver Broncos have signed seven player to their 2005 practice squad. Those signed include guard/center Chris Myers, running back Brandon Miree and safety Curome Cox.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Sunday signed seven players to their practice squad, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Safety Curome Cox (KER-ome), running back Brandon Miree, guard/center Chris Myers and tackle Erik Pears (PEERS) join Denver's practice squad after competing in its 2005 training camp. The Broncos also signed running back Cedric Cobbs, guard/center Rob Hunt and defensive end Corey Jackson to their practice squad, which can include up to eight players.

Cox (6-1, 199 pounds) is a first-year safety who spent the final six weeks of the 2004 season on the Broncos' practice squad after signing with the team Dec. 1. The 24-year-old entered the NFL in 2004 with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent but was waived at the end of its training camp that year. Cox was an honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior at the University of Maryland and started 45 games in his collegiate career.

Miree (5-11, 237 pounds) is a second-year running back who was selected by the Broncos in the seventh round (247th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old spent his rookie year on injured reserve with a left thumb injury but competed in NFL Europe during the spring, catching six passes for 109 yards with one touchdown for the Rhein Fire. Miree played two seasons of college football at the University of Pittsburgh after beginning his career at the University of Alabama.

Myers (6-5, 300 pounds) is a rookie guard/center who was selected by the Broncos in the sixth round (200th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. The 23-year-old was a three-year starter for the University of Miami who started at both guard positions, right tackle and center while twice earning all-conference recognition. He started 38 consecutive games for the Hurricanes from 2002-04 and was credited with allowing only 4.5 sacks during that time.

Pears (6-8, 305 pounds) is a rookie tackle who joined the Broncos on April 26 as an undrafted free agent from Colorado State University. The 23-year-old played 49 career games (40 starts) for Colorado State and started every game in each of his final two seasons while earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference accolades during those years. Pears was a two-time all-state selection in football at Kennedy High School in Denver.

Cobbs (6-0, 225 pounds) is a second-year running back who appeared in four regular-season games (0 starts) for New England in 2004 as a rookie, rushing 22 times for 50 yards (2.3 avg.) and posting two special-teams tackles. The 24-year-old was waived on Aug. 29 by the Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. Cobbs finished his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas ranked third in school history with 3,027 rushing yards and fourth in team annals with 26 rushing scores.

Hunt (6-3, 298 pounds) is a rookie guard/center who was selected by Indianapolis in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft but was waived by the team Aug. 30. The 24-year-old was a four-year starter at North Dakota State University and was named the Great West Football Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior. He was credited with not allowing a sack in each of his final two seasons at the school, which competed at the Division I-AA level during Hunt's final season after previously playing as a Division II team.

Jackson (6-6, 265 pounds) is a second-year defensive end who saw his only career NFL game action in 2004, making one tackle in one game for Cleveland. The 26-year-old, who was waived by Cleveland on Aug. 29, was named NFL Europe's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 with the Frankfurt Galaxy after spending time on Cleveland's practice squad as a rookie. Jackson entered the NFL in 2003 with the Browns as an undrafted free agent from the University of Nevada, where he walked-on to the football team as a senior after playing basketball for the school.



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