Grand Junction native Ben Garland is back with the Broncos after receiving an early release from his Air Force commitment. The 24-year-old defensive tackle was originally signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and tallied six tackles that preseason before being placed on the Reserve/Military list.
During his time at the Air Force Academy, Garland started 34 of the 39 games he played and accumulated 115 tackles and 11.5 sacks while forcing three fumbles and blocking two kicks.
Two years away from the game won't help his cause, but Denver's lack of depth at DT may give Garland a legitimate chance at making the team. Denver recently brought back veteran Justin Bannan and cut the suspended Ryan McBean, while Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson are trying to return from season-ending injuries. Marcus Thomas is a UFA seeking a longer deal than the Broncos are offering him, while the only other young tackles on the roster are Garland's fellow Coloradoan Mitch Unrein and two players signed to future contracts - Jeremy Jarmon and Sealver Siliga.