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Broncos cut Darius Kilgo; sign longsnapper Thomas Gafford

In a surprising move, the Denver Broncos cut Darius Kilgo in order to sign a longsnapper.

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According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive tackle Darius Kilgo in order to sign longsnapper Thomas Gafford. Casey Kreiter, the Broncos current long snapper, will be out this week with an injured calf.

This move will leave a lot of Broncos fans scratching their heads as Darius Kilgo provided solid depth behind Sylvester Williams, so this move has the potential to deplete an already thin interior defensive line.

The loss won’t be huge as Kilgo was only averaging eight snaps a game, but the move leaves no other option to spell Williams.

Gafford is a nine year veteran who spend most of his time as the long snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent last season on both the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, but has yet to see the field in 2016.

Broncos PR had some good stats on Gafford:

After appearing in his first NFL game with the Chiefs in 2008, Gafford went on to play in 105 consecutive regular-season contests with the Chiefs before signing with Chicago as an unrestricted free agent in 2015. He played 11 games with the Bears last year before spending the final three weeks of the season with the Raiders.

In addition to his snapping duties, Gafford collected 19 special-teams tackles and recovered one fumble during his first eight NFL seasons.

With field goals likely be an important factor on Sunday night, Gafford could play a huge role in whether the Broncos emerge victorious over the Chiefs.