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Broncos add RB Terrell Watson to the practice squad

Terrell Watson is a big, bruiser kind of back and likely to become Juwan Thompson’s replacement as Thompson no longer has practice squad eligibility.

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According to Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos have signed running back Terrell Watson to their practice squad. Formerly of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

The former Azusa Pacific University RB is a big guy at 6’1”, 240-lb. He was APU’s bell cow. A tank with hands. The small school stigma hurt his draft stock, but Watson wasn’t worried about all of that.

"Coming from a D-II school the competition might not be as good," Watson said, "but at the end of the day we're all human and God gave me the ability to play. No matter who you line me up in front of, it shouldn't matter."

Watson amassed 79 TDs and nearly 6,000 yards for APU. He broke every rushing record at the school. He was the MVP of the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

National coach Mike Martz was one of many impressed with Watson's performance.

"He belongs in the NFL," Martz said. "I don't think there's any question in my mind after seeing him all week he belongs. Somebody in the league is going to get a terrific player."

He went undrafted, but the Bengals signed him to their practice squad, he was later released and the Browns picked him up. He was released October 23rd.

Here's a 2013 highlight film


40-yard dash: 4.58 and 4.51 seconds

Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches

Broad jump: 10-3

Short shuttle: 4.49 seconds

3-cone: 7.48 seconds

Bench: 22 reps of 225 pounds


Big bruiser. Has shattered just about every school record for his position, including the ones leftover from Christian Okoye's time at the school. Rushed for 63 touchdowns over last three seasons. Strength in lower body to rip through arm tackles. Nifty jump ­cut for a man his size, with adequate change-of-direction ability. Strong fourth-quarter runner. Useful out of backfield in screen game.


Played against small defenders that lacked the starch to bring it to him. Predictable in that he likes to make his cutbacks to the right. Doesn't feature a second gear to pull away from defenders. Plays with high pad level and takes big shots because of it.


Upright power back with a bit more foot quickness than expected. Watson can make defenders miss in the hole, but he lacks the burst NFL teams will be looking for. His nose for the end zone is intriguing and he's worth a camp invite.