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Published on 12/23/2008 at Tue Dec 23 17:04.
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Cory Boyd picThe Denver Broncos officially added running backs Cory Boyd and Alex Haynes to the active roster Tuesday, a day after putting Selvin Young and P.J. Pope on Injured Reserve. Young and Pope were the sixth and seventh running backs placed on IR this season.

I think Boyd has a chance to make some noise, and might even be in better “football shape” than Tatum Bell. Check out more info and highlights of Cory Boyd here. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alex Haynes at fullback for a bit. The press release is after the jump.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed running backs Cory Boyd and Alex Haynes to their active roster, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Boyd (6-foot-1, 218 pounds) is a rookie who joins Denver’s active roster from its practice squad. Originally signed to the Broncos’ practice squad on Nov. 4, Boyd spent five weeks with that unit before he was signed to their active roster on Dec. 9. He was inactive for Denver’s game at Carolina on Dec. 14 and spent last week on the Broncos’ practice squad.

Selected by Tampa Bay in the seventh round (238th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina, Boyd participated in the Buccaneers’ offseason camps but was waived on July 26. He played 46 career 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.

Boyd attended Orange High School in Orange, N.J., and was born on Aug. 6, 1985.

Haynes (5-foot-10, 230 pounds) is a second-year player who originally signed with the Broncos on Nov. 4 but was waived on Nov. 22. Haynes, who competed in Baltimore’s 2008 training camp, entered the NFL with the Ravens in 2005 as a college free agent from the University of Central Florida.

He has seen time on the rosters of Baltimore (2005, ’08) and Carolina (2005-07) during his NFL career and has appeared in nine career games, rushing three times for three yards and catching three passes for 14 yards. He also owns three career tackles on special teams.

Haynes, who played for Cologne in NFL Europe during its 2006 season, finished his collegiate career at Central Florida as its all-time leading rusher (3,356 yards).

Born Feb. 13, 1982, Haynes attended Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla.

  • Jon Krause

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  • Drew

    Did you here about that HS football team that never punted this year. They won the championship. Also they onside kick 75% of the time.

    I think this strategy will work for the Broncos. Every time we punt or kick, we get burned. Statistically it makes sense to NEVER punt. Our defense can’t stop anyone so punting for 30 to 40 yards doesn’t make much difference. Having 4 downs to get 10 yards instead of 3 is the game changer.

    If we onside kick, we have a chance of getting the ball back. We only lose 20 to 30 yards on defense if we don’t recover. Again, our team’s defense isn’t good enough to play field position.

    Keep the offense on the field. We can win the SB if we do this throughout the playoffs. No one will be prepared for it. 3rd and long will not be a passing down anymore. It opens the playbook.

  • Broncoholic

    Very intriguing idea Drew. I had this same thought before, not in regards to the Broncos deploying this strategy, just pondering what would happen if a team never punted, always onside kicked, and always went for 2 after they scored. I’m glad to hear that a team actually used this strategy at the HS level. Now back to the Broncos & this strategy. While our horrendous D does seem to make this strategy more feasible, I think that going for it on 4th down in our own territory is too risky. We simply cannot afford to give them the ball back in field goal range. This is also why the onside kicking strategy wouldn’t be wise either. I am not against us being much more aggressive on our 4th down opportunities however, especially when we are in the 50-30 yard line zone (or whenever Prater is in the 40-49 yrd zone for that matter, so let’s say the 50-23 yrd line). I also think some surprise onside kicks now and again could work, hey even the occasional fake punt or fake field goal. How long has it been since we’ve seen our Broncos do a trick play? Not even the old 8th grade special, the flea-flicker. While I don’t think we should try all kinds of trick plays this Sunday, I’m just saying that in general, we need to mix in an occasional well-timed trick play or 2.

  • mikebirty

    I’m always surprised that there aren’t more surprise plays (but then I guess the reverse or end around was a surprise play a few years ago). There was the disaterous “Rainbow Right” at the end of last year in the Texans game where Jason Elam carried the ball two yards for a first down before coming straight back on to kick the field goal.

    Its pretty desparate when we’re looking to a 7th round pick with no game experience for a spark. But it is what it is and here’s hoping that Boyd can do something over the next month.

  • flbronc

    somebody on espn always writes articles on the no punting issue (chime in if you remember who it is), and makes a compelling case to use fourth downs instead of giving the ball away. we have the offensive weapons to score 80% of the times we have the ball (although we shoot ourselves in the foot with turnovers). I’d love to see us punt less, our defense sure has a problem stopping the opposing offenses.

  • Jonathan Douglas

    This is just weird news… I mean, I (kiddingly) said on December 10th, when several signing were announced, that Cory’s PS signing would be the most important of the bunch considering the way we’ve been going through RB’s this season.

    I didn’t mean it seriously, but with Cory actually getting onto the Roster now, it seems sadly prophetic.

  • http://MSNHotMail Gail Bock

    Would someone explain to Mike Shanahan to replace his kicker. I new It was going to be a long night after PRATER misses the first Field Goal from 23?