Haygood, Leach, Adams signed

The Denver Broncos have signed wide receiver Herb Haygood and tight end/long snapper Mike Leach to their active roster, and signed wide receiver Charlie Adams to the practice squad.

Haygood was on Denver's practice squad for the first eight games of the season.

Haygood, 24, was Denver's fifth round draft choice last April (144th overall) out of Michigan State. He was waived in the final cutdown, Sept. 1, 2002, and re-signed to the practice squad Sept. 3. An outstanding wide receiver and kick returner for the Spartans, the 5-11, 193-pound Haygood earned numerous All-America honors last year as he averaged 26.3 yards per return and scored two touchdowns, including one on a 100-yard return. He caught 115 passes for 1,640 yards (14.3) and seven touchdowns in his collegiate career, and returned 76 kickoffs for 1,770 yards (23.3) and two touchdowns.

A native of Sarasota, Fla. (12/30/77), Haygood was a first-team all-state choice at Sarasota High School, where he was named one of the nation's top 10 all-purpose backs.

Leach, 26, is in his third NFL season out of William & Mary. He was with Chicago in training camp (signed Jan. 10, 2002) but was waived Aug. 26, 2002. Leach entered the league in 2000 as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee and played in 19 games before being waived by the Titans Oct. 16, 2001. Leach, 6-4, 245 pounds, handled all of Tennessee's long-snapping duties in the first four games of the 2001 season.

As a rookie in 2000, he played in 15 games, mostly on special teams, but did see brief action as a tight end. Leach was a two-year starter at tight end and punter at William & Mary after transferring from Boston University when the school dropped its football program. He was a first-team Walter Camp All-America choice at tight end as a senior in 1999, and led the Atlantic 10 Conference in punting both his junior and senior seasons. A native of Lake Hopatcong, N.J. (10/18/76), Leach was a first-team all-state selection at Jefferson Township (N.J.) High School, and graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball.

Adams, 23, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Broncos April 29, 2002, out of Hofstra. He was waived Aug. 26, then signed to the practice squad Sept. 3 and waived again Sept. 4. The 6-2, 190-pound Adams played in 45 games in his collegiate career and caught 159 passes for 2,649 yards (16.7) and 26 touchdowns. A native of Camp Hill, Pa. (10/23/79), Adams starred at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Haygood will wear No. 82, Leach will wear No. 48 and Adams will wear No. 12.


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