ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos elevated punter Colby Wadman from the practice squad to the active roster and placed punter Marquette King on injured reserve on Saturday, the team announced.
Wadman is expected to make his first career NFL appearance on Sunday against the New York Jets. He averaged 43.2 yards per punt as a senior at UC Davis.
Special Teams Coordinator Tom McMahon said Friday he had a high level of confidence in Wadman if he were called upon to play.
“Very high confidence,” McMahon said. “He does a great job hanging the ball up — good, directional punter. I like his mindset, he’s very calm here. Consistent production is what we’ve seen so far [from him].”
King, who injured his thigh on Monday night, did not practice this week.
King signed with the Broncos in early April after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. During his five full seasons in Oakland, King averaged 46.8 yards per punt.
Through four games in Denver, though, King averaged just 44.1 yards. His final punt of the game on Monday went just 35 yards.
Head Coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday that King’s punting was not related to his injury.
“I think after the last punt [on Monday] he felt something,” Joseph said. “I would say no, it has not.”