The Denver Broncos have claimed wide receiver Solomon Patton off waivers, the team’s official website reports.
Patton is expected to be featured as a return man. He played collegiately at Florida and saw spot duty on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season as a rookie, returning 10 punts for 113 yards (long of 33) and 18 kickoffs for 416 yards.
The Broncos are looking to improve on special teams, specifically on punt returns. Last season’s primary punt returner, Isaiah Burse, finished on the practice squad after failing to show explosiveness. And Wes Welker, who took over in the final weeks of the season, remains a free agent. Jordan Norwood remains in the mix as he recovers from a knee injury suffered during training camp last summer.
The Broncos also signed guard Andre Davis and wide receiver David Porter as college free agents Tuesday.
Jensen played in one game his rookie season and Patton in seven. Patton averaged 23.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns and 11.2 yards on 10 punt returns.
Davis started all 48 games at the University of Buffalo and Porter appeared in 51 games at TCU.
Florida WR Solomon Patton loses his helmet while trying to get out of bounds late in the Gators’ matchup with Georgia Southern Saturday in Gainesville. Florida was upset by the Eagles, 26-20. (Credit: AP)
The past and the future of Florida Gators football:
Solomon Patton was one of the few bright spots in last year’s UF offense, and he’s off to the NFL. To replace him, the 4-8 Gators gain Jake McGee off a transfer from Virginia. Florida fans rejoice, because Jake’s eligible right away.
Gators at the 65th Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
The Senior Bowl is an annual event that takes the top Seniors in College Football that year and divides them up into two squads, the North and the South. These squads are then coached up by 2 NFL staffs who are low in the draft order to give these struggling teams more familiarity with the players in the draft(North is being coached by the Atlanta Falcons and the South by the Jacksonville Jaguars).
This year 3 Gators will be playing on the South Squad. Cornerback Jaylen Watkins, Wide Receiver Solomon Patton, and Guard Jon Halapio.
The Game will take place on Saturday, January 25th at 4 p.m. EST.