That was the tweet that defensive tackle Ben Garland sent out on Twitter after being informed a short time ago that he was being selected to the Denver Broncos practice squad. It was certainly news that was welcome to many Broncos fans. Garland, a graduate of the Air Force Academy (located about 45 minutes to the south of Broncos headquarters), was a favorite of both the fans and the coaches for his effort and character. Hopefully, his addition to the practice squad will allow him the chance to continue to develop so that one day he can make the 53-man roster.
Other additions to the practice squad included running back Jeremiah Johnson, tight end Cornelius Ingram, safety Duke Ihenacho, wide receiver Greg Orton, nose tackle Sealver Siliga, and guard Wayne Tribue.
Of those names, Johnson is the other one that will make fans happy. The Denver Broncos backfield was a fairly crowded one, and there were only so many running backs that the team could keep. Had Knowshon Moreno not made such a big push the last few weeks of preseason, Johnson would probably have had his place on the roster. If I were Johnson, I'd certainly be ecstatic as he's certain to make the roster at some point this year with the injury history that Broncos running backs have been known to have.
Outside of Johnson and Garland, the rest of the players being brought back are guys that can fill potential areas of need in the future. Don't feel sad for these guys. While they won't get to dress for the games, they will continue to train and practice with the team. They will also make a minimum of $5,700 per week once the season starts. If they are here for the full 17-week NFL season, that's at least $96,900. Pretty dang good money for simply "practicing".
One player who was not brought back to the practice squad was quarterback Adam Weber. While Weber made it through waivers and was signed by the Broncos last year, apparently this year there are multiple offers from other NFL teams' practice squads for Weber that he needs to evaluate. Depending on that team's quarterback situation, there could be a solid opportunity for him to jump from practice squad to backup this coming season (teams like Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Oakland jump to mind).
There's still one practice squad position that has been left open, perhaps in the hope that Weber might rejoin the Broncos. However, with all the activity going on today, the Broncos probably are just waiting for the dust to settle before they fill that last position.
Julie is a featured NFL contributor and covers the Denver Broncos for the Yahoo Contributor Network. A fanatical football fan her whole life, she began following the Broncos upon moving to Colorado in 2001.
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