The Denver Broncos were back at it making roster moves on Thursday, officially making a previously reported move of signing tight end Dominique Jones to the active roster while also signing offensive tackle DeMarcus Love to the practice squad.
With these moves, the Broncos’ 53-man roster and 10-man practice squad are now both full.
These moves come after the Broncos placed linebacker Danny Trevathan on injured reserve earlier this week, as well as a couple of moves made last week to place Quinton Carter and Montee Ball on injured reserve as well. Jones was initially signed to fill a roster spot last week, and dressed for his first game as a Bronco after spending the majority of the season on the team’s practice squad.
He was let go earlier this week, and re-signed after he cleared waivers. It remains unclear why the Broncos let him go in the first place, unless they were trying to claim someone else on waivers and were unable to do so.
At any rate, Jones is back with the team and could be a gameday inactive this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. If active, he will likely play an emergency tight end role and perhaps some special teams.
DeMarcus Love is a former Arkansas Razorbacks lineman who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was with the Vikings from 2011-13, and was then signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars let him go, and he’s spent time this season on the practice squads of the Giants and Saints.
Love has battled injuries in his NFL career, and also served a four-game suspension this season for violating the league’s policy against PEDs.
The addition of Love completes the Broncos’ practice squad, and also gives them a third offensive lineman to work with. Chris Clark, Paul Cornick, and Ben Garland were all practice squad players at one point in their careers, and the Broncos have shown they are willing to give a shot to guys who work hard and play hard. Those aforementioned players have all either played or started games in their careers after developing on the practice squad.