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As expected, the Denver Broncos brought in free agent running back Jacob Hester on Monday, presumably signing him to a one-year deal. The team announced the transaction via press release on Monday afternoon.
Additionally, the team signed fellow running back Jeremiah Johnson back to the practice squad, after releasing him last week. With Willis McGahee on the injured reserve list, Hester now fills Denver’s roster as the 53rd player.
Hester (5-11, 230 lbs.) is a fifth-year running back who spent his first five seasons in San Diego, gaining 182 yards from scrimmage (4.55 yards-per-touch) and scoring two touchdowns in seven games against the Broncos.
Denver has brought in Hester, now the heaviest back on the Broncos’ roster, to add depth to both their backfield and special teams. While with the Chargers, Hester recorded 12 special teams tackles while also recovering four fumbles (scoring on two of his recoveries).
It remains to be seen what Hester’s role will be on offense, as Knowshon Moreno is clearly the team’s starting moving forward. Hester will be allowed to practice with the team for the first time on Wednesday.
What are your thoughts on the move? Do you think Denver’s backfield is headed in the right direction in the absence of McGahee? Dish out your thoughts in the comments below!