ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --The Broncos signed TE Dan Light on Friday, waiving WR Solomon Patton to make room for him on the roster.
Light, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound product of Fordham University, had a tryout with the Broncos on Friday before signing. He also was invited to the Chiefs' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis in May.
Patton had been working on kickoff and punt returns, as well as at wide receiver. He muffed one of his He was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay in May.
Nicknamed "The Gronk of the Bronx," Light racked up nine touchdowns and 1,494 yards on 177 receptions during his four years at Fordham. During his junior season, he led all FCS tight ends with 66 receptions.
Light's draft prospects took a hit when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Nov. 22 in the Rams' 42-31 loss at Army, but he had recovered enough to receive the tryout from the Chiefs nearly four months ago after he went undrafted.
Light's personal story is also one of the most heart-wrenching of this year's NFL rookie class. His father, Dan, died of ALS prior to his junior year at Fordham. His younger brother, Zach, has autism.
Compared with that, the torn ACL he suffered last season doesn't seem like such a big deal.
"There are worse things in life," he told the Daily News last November. "I've learned that in the last year."
After Light signed, he thought of his late father and shared his emotions via Twitter: