Update: The Broncos have confirmed Bibbs' signing and Barrett's release.
The Denver Broncos are wasting no time preparing for the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. That includes making roster moves on Monday that they'd usually do Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Broncos promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to their active roster and waived linebacker Shaquil Barrett, according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold. Barrett is expected to land back on Denver's practice squad if he clears waivers.
According to Legwold, the Broncos had to promote Bibbs in order to keep him in Denver.
There were some teams interested signing Bibbs off #Broncos practice squad. This allows Broncos to keep him -- now have five RBs on roster— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) October 20, 2014
Bibbs is an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State that had a brief but heralded career with the Rams. As a sophomore (his only year at CSU), Bibbs joined Barry Sanders and Montee Ball as the only players in college football history to score 30 touchdowns in a season. He set CSU single-season records for rushing yards (1,741) rushing touchdowns (31), total touchdowns (31) and points (186) in 2013.
Bibbs rushed 19 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns during the Broncos' preseason for a 4.4-yard average.
It's surprising that the pass-happy Broncos are keeping five running backs on the roster, but this move in and of itself is a good one. Bibbs showed a ton of potential to me during the preseason - he made my final 53-man roster projection - so I'm thrilled he still has a place in Denver.