It's been an interesting off-season for the Denver Broncos, to say the least.
Despite his ailing arm power and rumored injury problems, Peyton Manning has been cleared for another season under center for the Broncos. However, Manning will have one less target to throw too after Julius Thomas left Mile High for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But the Broncos have given a bit of a boost to their offense with their latest signing.
According to a tweet from Troy Renck, a Broncos and NFL beat reporter for the Denver Post, the Broncos today made the decision to claim Solomon Patton on waivers after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After the Draft a fortnight ago, new Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak revealed to the press that he had a pressing desire to bring in some new return men to give some fire to Denver's special teams play.
"We’re going to have to get more guys involved in that,” Kubiak said to the team’s website. “It’s up to us in the offseason and preseason to find some more guys that can help us from that standpoint.”
And that is exactly what they have done with the acquisition of Patton.
In seven games last year, Patton averaged 11.2 yards on 10 punt returns, which was good enough for 10th among 42 players with at least 10 punt returns, and 23.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns, which was 36th among 45 players with at least 10 kickoff returns.
Patton was snapped up by the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of the Florida Gators last year. During his four-year college career, Patton played in 43 games for the Gators, starting eight of them. He recorded 52 receptions for 635 yards and six touchdowns, while also setting the team record for highest kick-return average in a season with 29.2.