The Denver Broncos made a free agent addition on Thursday morning and that free agent addition immediately made his presence felt during practice.

Denver signed wide receiver Darius Shepherd on Thursday. The Broncos needed to add another wide receiver to the roster with Tim Patrick out for the season with a torn ACL.

Shepherd made sense due to his past history with Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett (Hackett was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay during Shepherd’s time with the Packers).

It didn’t take long for Shepherd to make a big play on the practice field after his signing was announced. According to Broncos reporter Zac Stevens, Shepherd caught a “60-yard bomb” from Josh Johnson on Thursday.

Shepherd, who most recently played in the USFL and has mostly been a practice squad player during his time in the NFL, likely has an uphill battle in front of him if he plans to make the Broncos’ 53-man roster.

But one way to make a solid impression is to make big plays from the start. And that’s exactly what Shepherd did on Thursday. We’ll see if he earns a shot this fall. He knows the offense, so that’s one thing certainly working in his favor.

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