The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed free-agent running back Cedric Cobbs and waived tackle Jacob Rogers, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
Cobbs (6-foot-0, 227 pounds) is a third-year player who spent the 2005 season on Denver's practice squad and was on its active roster for the entire 2006 campaign before he was waived on May 1. Selected by New England in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft from the University of Arkansas, Cobbs was with the Patriots for his rookie season before the club waived him on Aug. 29, 2005.
Cobbs has posted 25 rushes for 59 yards (2.4 avg.) and returned one kickoff for no gain in six career regular-season games (0 starts).
During the 2006 season, Cobbs saw time in two games with Denver--against Kansas City on Sept. 17 and at Pittsburgh on Nov. 5--and was inactive for its 14 other contests. He finished the season with nine yards on three carries, all of which occurred against the Steelers.
The running back first joined the Broncos as an addition to their practice squad on Sept. 4, 2005, and spent the entire season with that group. As a rookie in 2004, Cobbs played four games (0 starts) with New England and totaled 22 carries for 50 yards (2.3 avg.).
Needless to say, Cobbs was excited about his second chance to catch on in Denver --
"It had me worried after they brought in Travis Henry, but I had no idea," Cobbs said. "I figured that I could at least have a chance to prove myself during training camp, but that wasn’t the case, but now I’m here again, so I’ve just got to go out here and give it my best shot."
A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior at Arkansas, Cobbs finished his collegiate career ranked third in school history in rushing yards (3,027) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (26). He also posted 501 yards and one touchdown on 21 career kickoff returns for the Razorbacks.
Cobbs helped Fair High School in Little Rock, Ark., to a state championship as a senior and finished that year with 157 carries for 2,043 yards (13.0 avg.) with 15 touchdowns. He was born on Jan. 9, 1981, in Little Rock, Ark.