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Broncos promote WR Isaiah McKenzie to active roster

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos promoted wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie from their practice squad to the active roster on Thursday, the team announced.

McKenzie, a 2017 fifth-round draft pick, is back on the active roster for the first time since the Broncos' season opener. After waiving the second-year player on Sept. 1, the Broncos signed McKenzie back to the active roster after Su'a Cravens was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 2.

The Broncos then waived McKenzie after Week 1 and signed him back to their practice squad.

But with DaeSean Hamilton battling a knee injury and Jordan Taylor still on the Physically Unable to Perform list, McKenzie will head back to the active roster.

During his rookie season, McKenzie played in 11 games, primarily as a punt returner. He averaged 8.7 yards per return with a long of 44 yards, but he also struggled to cleanly field punts.

McKenzie largely seemed to correct that issue in the preseason as he peeled off several impressive returns, including a 78-yard return for a touchdown against the Vikings.

Denver had an open roster spot after the team waived quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday.

The Broncos filled the practice-squad vacancy opened by McKenzie's promotion by signing quarterback Garrett Grayson, the former Colorado State signal caller who was drafted by the Saints in 2015.

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