Knorr and three draft picks signed

Tight end Tony Scheffler

The Denver Broncos have signed free-agent punter Micah Knorr as well as three of their selections in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Broncos signed former Western Michigan University tight end Tony Scheffler (Rd. 2-61), former University of Akron wide receiver Domenik Hixon (Rd. 4-130) and former University of North Dakota guard Chris Kuper (Rd. 5-161).

Knorr (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) is a sixth-year player who punted for the Broncos in 36 games from 2002-04. He spent the 2005 season out of football after competing in the New York Jets' training camp and most recently was waived on June 15 by Carolina, which signed him March 10.

In 73 career regular-season games, Knorr has punted 329 times for 13,634 yards for a 41.4-yard gross average and a 33.5-yard net average. Knorr, who entered the NFL with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2000 and played for the Cowboys for three years (2000-02), has placed 82 career punts inside the 20-yard line and owns 46 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Knorr, 31, was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by posting six touchbacks on kickoffs and averaging 56.5 yards on two punts in the Broncos' 2004 season opener vs. Kansas City (9/12). He averaged 41.5 yards on 54 punts (34.2-yd. net avg.) in 12 games with Denver in 2004 before the club waived him Dec. 9, 2004.

While with the Broncos in 2003, Knorr ranked fourth in the AFC (7th in NFL) in gross punting average (43.2 yds.).

Knorr joined the Broncos as a free agent on Oct. 30, 2002, after punting for Dallas during its first eight games that year. As a rookie with the Cowboys in 2000, Knorr ranked fourth in the NFC (11th in NFL) with a 42.8-yard gross punting average that established a franchise rookie record.

A second-team All-Big West Conference selection as a senior at Utah State University, Micah Knorr was born Jan. 9, 1975.

Scheffler (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), selected by the Broncos in the second round (61st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, twice earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a tight end for Western Michigan. He finished his collegiate career second in WMU history in receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,345) by a tight end while totaling 13 receiving touchdowns in 35 games (21 starts). Scheffler started all 11 games for WMU in 2005, earning first-team All-MAC accolades after setting career highs in receptions (57), receiving yards (670) and receiving touchdowns (9).

A Detroit News Dream Team selection in 2000 at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Mich., Tony Scheffler was born Feb. 15, 1983, in Morenci, Mich.

Hixon (6-foot-2, 185 pounds), selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, started 44 career games at Akron, posting 24 starts at wide receiver during his final two years after totaling 20 starts at free safety as a freshman and sophomore. He recorded the second-most career receptions (141) and third-most receiving yards (2,092) in Akron history while adding 176 career tackles (117 solo) and one interception (25 yds.) on defense. In addition, Hixon totaled 49 career kick returns for 1,171 yards (23.9 avg.) with one touchdown and 42 career punt returns for 475 yards (11.3 avg.) with one score.

A second-team All-Mid-American Conference choice in 2005, Hixon set Akron single-season records in receptions (75) and receiving yards (1,210) to go along with eight touchdowns that year.

Hixon, who competed in football and basketball at Whitehall-Yearling High School in Columbus, Ohio, was born Oct. 8, 1984, in Germany.

Kuper (6-foot-4, 302 pounds), selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, was a three-year starter along North Dakota's offensive line who received All-America honors from the Associated Press in each of his final two seasons. Kuper played 48 career games (41 starts) at North Dakota and was named the North Central Conference's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman as a junior and senior.

In 2005, Kuper recorded 12 of his 13 starts at left tackle for UND en route to receiving first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season.

An all-state selection in football at A.J. Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, Chris Kuper was born Dec. 19, 1982, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Six of the Broncos' seven selections in the 2006 NFL Draft have been signed.



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