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Denver Broncos name team captains, continue to make changes to practice squad

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown reception with quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on Dec. 30, 2012
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown reception with quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on Dec. 30, 2012
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The Denver Broncos named their captains on Monday. Returning to the role will be Peyton Manning on offense and David Bruton Jr. on special teams. New to the role will be wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and on defense both DeMarcus Ware and Terrance Knighton. The team also left one captain spot open, an honor which will be given out weekly.

“It’s humbling,” said Knighton. “And it feels a lot better just knowing that you have the respect of your peers, the coaches, and you’re looked up to.”

The captains were elected by their teammates, who held a vote. While some, like Manning, quite often speak their minds; others, like Thomas prefer to let the work they put in do the talking for them.

“I don’t know if you all really know, but I don’t really talk much in front of the team,” said Thomas. “I like to lead by example. But I feel like I’ve got a bigger role, so I have got to figure out what I am going to do. I believe I will be fine.”

The Broncos also saw several moves shape their 10-man practice squad. On Sunday, they named eight players to the squad: Linebacker Shaquil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, quarterback Zac Dysert, wide receivers Bennie Fowler and Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis and tight end Gerell Robinson. A ninth player, guard Vinston Painter, was named Sunday, but was reportedly snatched up by the Cleveland Browns and added to their active roster.

The two open spots have already been filled; as defensive end Zach Thompson was added on Monday and long snapper Kevin McDermott was signed Tuesday. An undrafted rookie, Thompson was in camp with the New York Jets this preseason. McDermott was the starting long snapper for the San Francisco 49ers last season, and is considered one of the best pure snappers in the league. A surprising cut, he is expected to compete with incumbent Broncos long snapper Aaron Brewer during practice this week.