Tight end Manasseh Garner was the only Bronco not making it to the field today, now we know why. Following practice the team website announced that the Denver Broncos have signed veteran tight end John Phillips and released Garner, Andrew Mason was the first to report.
Phillips a 6'5", 251 lbs. tight end is in his 7th season in the NFL, he attended Virginia where he was a team captain his Senior season and was voted first-team All-ACC . For his professional career he averages 7.1 yards per catch with 4 touchdowns, 45 catches (17 of which were 1st downs). In 2015 with the Chargers, Phillips had 10 receptions (his most since 2011) for 69 yards and a touchdown being used predominantly for blocking in two tight end sets.
Mason reports that Phillips suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in both 2010 and 2013. 2013 specifically was a rough year for Phillips as he also suffered a tear to his medial collateral ligament. He did participate in all 16 games in both 2014 and 2015 for San Diego. He last started in week 17 of 2015 against the Broncos when the Chargers employed a two tight end starting set to combat the onslaught of Denver's ruthless defense.
Garner leaves Denver as a first year player who played wide receiver in college for Pittsburgh.