ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --The Broncos signed Shaun Prater after a Tuesday tryout to fill an immediate need in the secondary, but six of the other seven players they brought in for workouts Tuesday were front-seven prospects who will be in the mix for reserve-future contracts that will fill spots on the offseason 90-man roster.
Two of the seven players were linebackers: Thomas Keisser, who has played 27 career games, most recently for the Arizona Cardinals, and Dekoda Watson, a 27-year-old linebacker who played two games with the Patriots earlier this season but amassed most of his experience in four seasons (2010-13) with the Buccaneers, for whom he played 60 games and made 106 tackles with three sacks, four passes defensed and an interception.
The biggest name -- and player -- on the tryout list this week was nose tackle Phil Taylor, a 2011 first-rounder who was released toward the end of the preseason after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option earlier in the offseason.
Taylor started 42 games in four seasons with the Browns, amassing 69 tackles and seven sacks.
Another tryout participant was edge rusher Jonathan Massaquoi. The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder was with the Falcons for three seasons before being waived in February. He spent the offseason and training camp with the Titans before being waived at the cut to 53 players in September.
The full list of this week's tryout participants follows:
Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
DEFENSIVE BACKS (1):
Shaun Prater, Iowa
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (3):
Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
Devon Still, Penn State
Phillip Taylor, Baylor
DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia
Thomas Keiser, Stanford
Dekoda Watson, Florida State