The Broncos made several roster moves on Monday, including signing free agent wide receiver Chad Jackson and tackle Matt Murphy to their active roster. The team also elevated Josh Bell to its active roster from its practice squad and placed center Greg Eslinger and cornerback Rashod Moulton on its practice squad.
In two seasons with New England, Jackson played in 14 career games including a start, amassing 13 receptions for 152 yards with three touchdowns.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan said he is looking forward to seeing how Jackson acclimates himself the the Broncos’ system.
“We just had him in here today, and he did a pretty good job for his first day out,” he said. “We’ll get a chance to see over the next week or so.”
Jackson said he feels fairly comfortable in the Broncos offensive system and with a little studying he should have a solid grasp of it.
The former Patriot and Florida Gator said the hardest adjustment for him will be playing in the Mile High air of Denver.
“The only thing I’m worried about right now is getting used to this altitude and this air,” he said. “So once I get that down I’ll be fine.”
Altitude adjustment aside, Jackson said he is ready to contribute to the Broncos any way he can.
“Young talent,” Jackson said when asked what he brings most to this team. “You’ve got guys right here you can learn from: Brandon (Marshall), (Brandon) Stokley and Eddie (Royal), he’s been a good player coming in his rookie year. I bring in young talent, speed and the ability to catch the ball so hopefully I can bring that here.”
STOKLEY AND TORAIN FEELING GOOD IN PRACTICE
If Monday’s practice is any indication the Broncos, could have two players back and healthy ready to contribute on the offensive side of the football.
Stokley, who has been recovering from a concussion he sustained against Jacksonville, and Ryan Torain, who suffered an elbow injury in training camp, are feeling good and are eager to help their team win.
Stokley believes he is close to where he needs to be in terms of recovery and hopefully returning to action.
“I haven’t got hit yet or anything like that,” he said. “But right now I am just feeling good and I am glad to be back out there and am looking forward to this week.”
Like Stokley, Torain is enjoying getting back into the swing of things.
“It felt great,” he said. “It was fun to get back out there and bang around with the team, it’s been a long time, so I’m just happy to be back out there.”
BYE WEEK A NICE GET-AWAY
The Broncos were able use the bye week as a chance to get away from football both physically and mentally.
Michael Pittman, who is recovering from bruised ribs, enjoyed the week away and used it to rejuvenate his mind and body.
“It was really nice getting the time off,” he said. “Just relaxing a little bit, get some extra treatment for myself. I stayed here the whole time, so just getting away from football for a minute. But we’re back, we’re focused on what we’ve got to do. All in all the bye week is just a good time to try to get your body back.”
Elvis Dumervil went home to Miami and took his mind off football for the week.
“For myself it was good to get away,” he said. “It was a nice break to get home and go to Miami. I didn’t watch any games or anything.”
Stokley said the bye has the team eager to finish strong in the second half of the season.
“Right now I think everybody is upbeat and looking forward to finishing the season off the right way. We are in control of our own destiny. We just have to go out there and play good football – that is the bottom line for us.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com