All of Steve Cargile’s expectations for the first year of his Broncos career changed forever in Arizona last month.
He arrived in Denver in November as a practice-squad signee, looking merely to make enough of an impression during the mid-week sessions to make a run at the 53-man roster next year.
“If I can stay here, get to learn under these guys like I’ve been doing, just keep on working hard and let the coaches see what I can do,” he said just after joining the practice squad, “then hopefully I can set myself up for next year to actually compete.”
Everything accelerated in December, when the Broncos promoted him to the 53-man roster, which led to a promotion to the active roster in time for the Dec. 17 win over Arizona, where he led the team in special-teams tackles and took away the unit’s boxing-gloves trophy handed to the player of the week on the kicking and coverage units. He then played on special teams in the two games that followed. The December contests represented the first regular-season action in a career that began on Dallas’ practice squad in 2004.
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