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Broncos sign Wilhite; Fill Practice Squad

Posted Sep 4, 2011

4th-year cornerback signs with the Broncos as the team reveals 8-man practice squad.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos made an addition to their secondary Sunday, signing 4th-year cornerback Jonathan Wilhite.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, who drafted the Auburn product in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. As a Patriot, Wilhite played in 39 games and started 13. 

In those three years, he recorded 89 tackles, nine passes defensed and three interceptions.

To make room for Wilhite on the 53-man roster, the Broncos waived safety Darcel McBath.

The Broncos also signed eight members to their practice squad Sunday. All eight players, announced below, participated in training camp with the Broncos.

  • Defensive end Jeremy Beal
  • Wide Receiver D'Andre Goodwin
  • Offensive tackle Adam Grant
  • Running back Jeremiah Johnson
  • Safety Kyle McCarthy
  • Wide receiver Eron Riley
  • Fullback Austin Sylvester
  • Quarterback Adam Weber

 

These players are able to practice with the team, but they do not suit up or take part in games. Here is a small breakdown of each player.

Jeremy Beal was a seventh-round draft choice this year for the Broncos. The former Oklahoma Sooner and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year was one of several players brought in to compete for a few openings on the defensive line. He recorded six tackles this preseason.

D'Andre Goodwin is a rookie wide receiver who was signed by the Broncos as a college free agent in late July. The former Washington Husky caught four passes for 61 yards this preseason and will add depth during practice throughout the season to the position that has five members on the active roster.

Adam Grant is another rookie who was signed as a college free agent by the Broncos in July. The former Arizona Wildcat participated in the preseason and the front office liked what they saw out of the young tackle to sign him to the squad.

Jeremiah Johnson is a second-year player who was signed by the Broncos this offseason. Johnson scored the Broncos first touchdown of the preseason, a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys to give Denver the lead. Overall, he finished the preseason with 16 carries for 64 yards and that one touchdown as well as two receptions for 23 yards and one kick return for 24 yards. Johnson, a former Oregon Duck, spent his rookie year in 2009 on injured reserve with the Houston Texans after sustaining a shoulder injury in training camp. He also spent time on a few practice squads last year, including Denver's.

Kyle McCarthy is a second-year player who was signed as a college free agent last offseason by the Broncos. The former Notre Dame player started the season on the practice squad, but ended up playing in eight games last year as a rookie, totalling two tackles apiece on defense and special teams. McCarthy had six tackles this preseason.

Eron Riley is a first-year player who participated on the Broncos practice squad last year after he was signed in October. Riley led the Broncos with 187 receiving yards this preseason, most of which came in the final game against Arizona when the former Duke University Blue Devil had a 43-yard touchdown catch and an 89-yard catch and run. Overall, Riley finished the preseason with six catches -- tied for second on the team -- for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Austin Sylvester is another player who was signed as a college free agent this past July by the Broncos. Goodwin's teammate at Washington, Sylvester had one carry this preseason for 1 yard, but spent most of his playing time protecting the quarterback and blocking for the running backs.

Adam Weber joins the list as the fourth 2011 college free agent signee on the Broncos practice squad. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher saw playing time in two games this preseason, most notably the game against Arizona, when he led a drive that started at his own 16-yard line with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter and ended inches from the Cardinals' goal line. Overall, Weber was 1-for-1 for 89 yards this preseason and also had one carry for 13 yards.