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Published on 12/10/2008 at Wed Dec 10 11:33.
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Jeb Putzier

Jeb Putzier

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.



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.



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.

  • Boisebroncoguy

    Yeah! Another Boise St. guy, woo hoo!

  • East

    Wooo! He was pretty clutch back in the day.

  • kerry

    awesome. ive always liked Putzier. i didnt like when we got rid of him. he wont play much but its good to have him back. i guess Barrett is the guy in the secondary. after shutting down Tony Gonzalez id say he earned it.

  • Jonathan Douglas

    Yeah, I was a fan of Putzier; however, he suffered the same issue our other recieving TE’s seem to suffer – he got injured a lot.

    More important in this press release is the signing of Steve Baylark to the practice squad. The way things are going right now, Steve could be starting in two weeks. :)

  • adam

    If Barret is in fact the guy at safety, that saves us an early draft pick…very cool!

  • Jason

    I was thinking along those line as well; Tony reminding me of Jeb. Both got destroyed over the middle, and frequently. I liked Jeb but I think Tony is certainly better.

  • robtink242

    No guys what this really means is that Nate Jackson injury prune bronco career done. Barrets only saves us one saftey postition and thats SS. I like the idea of Jack Will at FS. and Josh Bell at nickel when Champ is 100%.

    first round pick should be a Mike or Sam line backer, a DE or DT

  • robtink242

    go to this link here and watch Cory Boyd send a guy to the sidelines

  • TD30isMVP

    Herana-Daze Jones deserved to be cut, anybody who wants us to pronounce that like “Hernandez” needs to be cut. Good Lord, can you imagine how bad Madden would have destroyed that name and then talked about it for 20 minutes…he had to go.

  • Aerobroncos

    lol good point TD30isMVP. I’m sure thats exactly what the Broncos were thinking when they cut him haha

  • Aerobroncos

    Hey guys how are Champ and Williams looking for a return to the field on Sunday? Any updates?

  • dbroncos

    I dont think there is anyone tougher than Jeb that i can think of. He took more hits than any other player i can think of.

  • kerry

    Barrett maybe the man. but who goes next to him?? im looking for Michael Huff. i think he will be released this offseason by Oakland. given the right coaching and system he can be effective. but what Shanahan needs to do is make a big time play for Albert Haynesworth. dump Bly and Boss Bailey and use the saved money for Haynesworth. Haynesworth cant be franchised again due to hitting certain incentives in his contract. he is a guy who can INSTANTLY make the defense better. and with him in the middle it will make Moss and Dumervil more effective. then use our first round pick on a MLB. Maualuga and Laurinitis wont be available. Brandon Spikes out of Florida is the guy. him or go after a franchise RB. like Knowshon Moreno or Lesean McCoy.

  • Michael

    I think more then 70% of Plummers INTs bounced off of Putziers hands, thus every time I see it happen now regardless of which receivers hands it goes off, I say “he Putizerd it”.

  • MikeY55

    Kerry i almost completly agree with u… i like the idea of bringing in Huff and barrett still has a way to go but this is one good week and he is the next all pro (spencer larsen)…100% agree with the hayneworth statement and i think we should keep boss and bly..blys been playing great lately and if boss can stay healthy he is one hell of a linebacker..but i wouldn’t spend a first on a LB.. sign mike peterson he might be able to come semi cheap because he is del rio garbage now but honestly the guy is still a beast..and definatlydraft a running back in the first more of a shiftier one so we can have our own version of “smash n dash” with hillis taking the smash role of course.. get ride of hall, pittman, give young alridge and torain a chance to fight for the last spot going Hillis Draft pick winner of the competion

  • flbronc

    while i’d love to see haynesworth come in, i dont think that it will happen. we’d have to part with a bunch of guys to make it happen, and i just dont see us going out that far to get one of the premier free agents on the market. i think that our strategy has shifted to signing solid free agents and developing talent through the draft.

    i dont think that we need to go rb in the first- i’d focus on the other side of the ball. all in all our offense is pretty good- the defense warrants the most attention at this point. while they are playing better than in the middle of the season we need our biggest personell upgrades at mlb, safety and de. those three greatly outweigh our need of a rb.

  • kerry


    the Haynesworth deal can happen. and seriously if he was brought in, our DE’s in Moss and Dumervil would become more effective. just like Kyle Vanden Bosch did in Tennessee. the focus was on Haynesworth and therefore Vanden Bosch was able to get alot of sacks. and if one free agent can make a huge impact like Haynesworth can then its worth dumping some guys. like Bly for instance.


    yeah Bly has been playing good. but he isnt getting thrown at as much because Champ isnt in there. when Champ is in there then Bly gets thrown at alot and gets beat alot. if we dumped Bly we could save a ton of money and use in on Haynesworth. Peppers is gonna be franchised so he wont be available. and from where we are gonna pick this year in the draft then we wont get a top quality DT. one big name free agent can make a huge difference in our defense. Mike Peterson is old. and got booted for insubordnation. Shanahan wont pick him up. besides Ray Lewis is gonna be a free agent also. if there is one beast out there at MLB that will be a free agent it will be Ray Lewis. if the Haynesworth deal doesnt work out then maybe bring back Gerard Warren. im sure Al Davis will be firing him also. he was good here until Bates took over at D-coordinator.

  • Ryan M.

    Wow another blast from the past. With Jeb and Tatum back it’ll feel just like old times. Maybe we can even pull Plummer off the Handball Court!:

  • broncoNM

    Im into the michael Huff project. We should also do everything in our power to get haynesworth. We will not be the only team after him so who knows if we can get him. Keep bly and dump boss. Bly is fine for another year until we develop bell or j will. Im not opposed to drafting an rb in the 1st round but our defense does need the most help. I still say draft a Safety if we dont get the position figured out in the off season. I do like Spikes out of FL at MLB, I would be stoked if we got him. I think he has the potential to be better than Maualuga and Laurinitis. Im ok with grabbing Jeb. We need depth at TE.

  • MIAbronco

    lets not forget that albert haynesworth is in a contract year and playing his heart every week to get that huge contract… mark my words when i say that HAYNESWORTH WILL NEVER BE THIS GOOD AGAIN. do you remember a few years back when he stepped on andre gurodes head in a game, or when he fought one of his own teammates and was labeled an underperformer by jeff fischer. the guy is still good dont get me wrong, but he might have too much baggage and i could so see him coming here on a 5 year 60 million contract, and then being medicore and content with his money. another point to make is that fishcer and shanny are good long time friends and I’m sure that jeff will tell shanny all he needs to know to make a conscious decision on haynesworth. oh, I have one more point, the freakin economy, why should the broncs pay this guy rediculous amounts of money and then raise ticket prices and raise everything, just look at the cowboys, their new stadium and huge contracts they dole out is really hitting the fans hard.

  • Garrett Barnes

    Do we realize what has happened when we spent big money on old possibly washed up players with a few problems? Think Travis Henry. Look, I say no to Haynesworth but I am all for Michael Huff. That would be a good pick up.

  • kerry

    true that Haynesworth would demand alot of money. but there really isnt any other DT’s that stand out on the free agent market. Gerard Warren may be released by Oakland. that could be a decent pickup. id say draft Terrence Cody, but Shanahan doesnt like the mammoth DT’s for some reason. the smaller guys arent getting it done. its time to go BIG. and i dont think Laurinitis or Maualuga will be avilable when we pick in the draft. i think Laurinits is overrated and too small to play MLB at the next level. he would be an excellent Weakside LB in the NFL. Maualuga would be the ideal choice. but Brandon Spikes would be the best pick from the spot we draft in. and im speculating here (because i love talk of the offseason and the draft) but i feel Huff will be released. he has already been benched by the Raiders and should be released this offseason. if Shanahan gets him, then saftey doesnt need to be addressed in the early rounds. although Taylor Mays would be awesome, he wont be available either. a franchise RB is needed also. and seriously here, if Knowshon Moreno falls to us in the draft, i see Shanahan pouncing on him immediately. maybe even Lesean McCoy too.

  • Shawn

    I think that we should have 5 running backs and one international player on our practice squad next year. If the IP can be a running back I think that would be just about right.

  • BronxNY

    I’m with the guys that say screw the splashy free agent play for Haynesworth – that has never worked out well for the broncos, and for once, we’ve got a core nucleus that is getting better and likes to play together. Nothing worse than a bunch of mercernaries.

    I’d rather they draft or trade, or trade-for-draft. Despite all the Shanny haters, I think his draft ratio of stars/ok players/busts is like 1/12/1 which is pretty good. His free agent signing ratio is like 0/1/2 isn’t it? Seriously!

    Plus defensive ends can make an impact day 1….

  • kerry

    Defensive ends can make an impact day 1???? have you seen Jarvis Moss and Tim Crowder?? two DE’s drafted in the first two rounds and neither have busted a grape in nearly two years. besides QB, DE is the hardest position to make an impact from day one. and Shanahan isnt gonna go DE again in the first round. a safety or MLB or RB is most likely.

  • East

    Ryan M – Hahaha oh man! You should read of the comments. One of them said “Someone should email this to Brett Favre.”