Posted Wed Dec 10th by Monty
The Denver Broncos made a few more roster moves Wednesday, adding a familiar face and releasing another who had just joined the club last week.
Tight end Jeb Putzier, who was drafted by the Broncos out of Boise State in 2002, was signed on Wednesday. Putzier was with the Broncos through 2005, and he’s spent the last three seasons with the Texans and Seahawks. He takes the roster spot of waived S Herana-Daze Jones, who joined the Broncos just last week.
This is just the latest batch or roster moves in a busy week for the Broncos; the club on Tuesday also officially added Cory Boyd, along with guard Pat Murray. They released S Calvin Lowry.
Two safeties gone in two days? I guess they’ve settled on Josh Barrett. Both press releases are after the jump.
BRONCOS SIGN TE PUTZIER AND WAIVE S JONES;
ADD RB BAYLARK TO PRACTICE SQUAD
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed free-agent tight end Jeb Putzier to their active roster and waived safety Herana-Daze Jones (pronounced Hernandez), Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
The club also on Wednesday signed running back Steve Baylark to its practice squad.
Putzier (6-foot-4, 251 pounds) is a seventh-year player who begins his second stint with the Broncos, having played for the club from 2002-05 after Denver selected him in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft from Boise State University. He saw time in six games (1 start) with Seattle this year before he was waived on Nov. 26 and also spent two years with Houston from 2006-07.
In 67 career games (17 starts), Putzier has totaled 96 receptions for 1,251 yards (13.0 avg.) with three touchdowns. He also has appeared in three career postseason games, posting 10 receptions for 159 yards (15.9 avg.) with one touchdown.
Putzier played in all 16 games for the Broncos during two consecutive seasons from 2004-05. He had a career-high 572 receiving yards (36 rec., 15.9 avg., 2 TDs) for Denver in 2004 and registered a personal-best 37 receptions (481 yds., 13.0 avg.) for the Broncos’ 2005 team that won the AFC West title.
An All-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior at Boise State, Putzier finished his collegiate career with 128 receptions for 2,050 yards (16.0 avg.) with 19 touchdowns. He attended Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho, and was born on Jan. 20, 1979.
Baylark (6-foot-0, 226 pounds) is a first-year player who most recently competed in training camp with Arizona, which waived him on Aug. 30. Baylark spent his entire rookie season in 2007 on the Cardinals’ practice squad after entering the NFL with the club as a college free agent from the University of Massachusetts.
At UMass, Baylark became just the third Division I-AA player to post four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. A second-team All-American as a senior, Baylark finished his collegiate career with 1,080 carries for 5,199 yards (4.8 avg.) with 42 touchdowns.
Baylark, who attended Apopka High School in Apopka, Fla., was born on July 28, 1983.
BRONCOS ANNOUNCE SEVERAL TRANSACTIONS
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed running back Cory Boyd to their active roster from their practice squad and placed fullback Peyton Hillis on their reserve/injured list, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. Additionally, the team waived safety Calvin Lowry and signed guard Pat Murray from Seattle’s practice squad.
Hillis, a rookie fullback selected by the Broncos in the seventh round (227th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from the University of Arkansas, suffered a right hamstring injury during the Broncos’ 24-17 win against Kansas City on Sunday. He saw time in 12 games (6 starts) for Denver at tailback and fullback, totaling 68 rushes for 343 yards (5.0 avg.) with five touchdowns along with 14 receptions for 179 yards (12.8 avg.) with one touchdown. Hillis had a four-game streak with at least one rushing touchdown and became the first rookie in club history (second player overall) to post both a 100-yard rushing game and a 100-yard receiving game in the same season.
Boyd (6-foot-1, 218 pounds) is a rookie running back who spent the last five weeks on Denver’s practice squad after the club signed him on Nov. 4. He entered the NFL with Tampa Bay as a seventh-round (238th overall) pick in the 2008 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina but was waived by the Buccaneers on July 26. Boyd played 46 games (27 starts) for the Gamecocks and finished his collegiate career with 464 rushes for 2,267 yards (4.9 avg.) with 23 touchdowns along with 117 receptions for 1,303 yards (11.1 avg.) with five scores. He attended Orange High School in Orange, N.J., and was born on Aug. 6, 1985.
Murray (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) is a first-year guard who had been on Seattle’s practice squad since Sept. 1. He entered the NFL when Green Bay signed him as a college free agent on May 4, 2007. He was waived by the Packers on Aug. 24, 2007 and spent the remainder of the season out of football. Murray, 24, played in 41 games (32 starts) at Truman State where he earned first-team All-Mid-America honors in 2006. Patrick James Murray, who lettered in football, basketball, track and golf at Pocahontas High School in Pocahontas, Iowa, was born on Oct. 31, 1984, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Lowry played in 10 games (3 starts) and totaled 21 tackles (14 solo) and three passes defensed for Denver after joining the team off waivers from Tennessee on Aug. 31.