Broncos Sign LB Brandon M. Marshall to Practice Squad

Aug 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo (80) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Brandon Marshall (52) during the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Jaguars defeated the Falcons 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have officially maxed out their roster by signing Brandon Marshall to the practice squad.

No, of course not THAT Brandon Marshall, but still pretty funny.

Brandon M. Marshall, a former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker and 2012 fifth round draft pick was waived in the final round of cuts this past weekend. He is actually a pretty talented player, but the Jaguars made so many waiver claims on Sunday that they had to cut a bunch of players that were on the roster. Here’s my scouting report on him from when he was a rookie in 2012:

Brandon M. Marshall actually has a chance to compete right away for a starting position. At 6’1″ 245 pounds, he has really good size to play inside or outside if they want him to, and he finished last year with 102 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and four passes broken up. Marshall plays with attitude, and has a mean streak about him that the Jagaurs will love, especially on special teams right away. He is a big, physical kid who will be really effective around the line of scrimmage, and while he’s not great in coverage, he has a nose for the ball and is a really smart player. For the Jaguars, I think this is a really solid mid-round pick, getting a guy who will give you depth and special teams ability right away, with the potential to start maybe even early on in his career.

Obviously that report was specific to his fit with the Jaguars, but the Broncos don’t have a long-term solution at the middle linebacker position either. That is, unless Wesley Woodyard proves he is capable of handling that position this year, but he might be a better fit at the WLB position long-term.

Marshall joins the Broncos’ practice squad which features six other players that were already with the Broncos, and another player–RB Edwin Baker–who came over from the San Diego Chargers. That would officially fill out the Broncos’ roster–for now–but we all know that it’s a very fluid situation with J.D. Walton and Von Miller expected to return to action later this year.

Topics: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Practice Squad, Roster Moves

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