The Denver Broncos made an expected move on Thursday and signed a veteran free agent wide receiver.

According to 9NEWS’ Mike Klis, the Broncos have signed free agent wide receiver Darius Shepherd.

Denver badly needed to add another wide receiver after losing Tim Patrick for the season with a torn ACL.

Shepherd most recently played for the New Jersey Generals in the USFL. He’s also spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay Packers.

His time with the Packers is what almost certainly led to this signing.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett was the Packers’ offensive coordinator during Shepherd’s time in Green Bay.

Shepherd didn’t see much action with the Packers, but he knows this offense. The Broncos need bodies at wide receiver and Shepherd should be able to fit in with the team seamlessly.

As far as what this signing means for the regular season?

Well, I doubt we’ll see Shepherd make much of an impact. He might have a chance to hang on to the 53-man roster if he can provide value on special teams. Otherwise, Shepherd will likely be practice squad bound unless the Broncos suffer more injuries.

Featured image via Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports