The Denver Broncos are signing safety Chris Cooper to their 16-man practice, squad according to a report from KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis. After signing Cooper, Denver will still have one open spot on the practice squad.
The Broncos previously promoted offensive tackle Jake Rodgers from the practice squad to the 53-man roster last week. Rodgers was promoted after running back LeVante Bellamy was placed on injured reserve.
Cooper (5-10, 202 pounds) is a 26-year-old safety who entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Stony Brook with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. He went on to spend time with the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Atlanta Falcons last spring.
Cooper spent the entire 2019 season in Atlanta but did not appear in any games. He had a brief stint on the Falcons’ Reserve/COVID-19 list this summer and failed to make Atlanta’s 53-man roster.
During his senior year at Stony Brook, Cooper totaled 88 tackles (including 9.5 tackles for losses), one sack, one fumble recovery, one interception and three pass breakups.
Denver might be keeping a spot open on the practice squad for when a player cut to make room for a player returning from injured reserve. The list of players who will be eligible to return from IR in the coming weeks includes cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones and offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson.