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Diontae Spencer has earned his opportunity to shine.

Spencer will be the primary punt returner for the Broncos on Monday Night Football when the Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders September 9.

The 27-year-old performed well at Steelers training camp and Pittsburgh wanted to add him to their practice roster, but he had to pass through waivers first. That’s how the Broncos grabbed the diminutive playmaker.

It will be Spencer’s NFL debut. He went unselected in the 2014 NFL draft, attended Chicago Bears rookie mini-camp and briefly signed by the then-St. Louis Rams, but sat on the sidelines the rest of that season.

After that the star receiver and return man spent four seasons in the CFL with Toronto (2015-2016) and Ottawa (2017-2018).

Spencer had his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2018 and earned a CFL all-star nod for the first time in his career. He recorded 2,691 total yards last season and eight touchdowns. In 2017 Spencer set a new CFL single-game mark with 496 all-purpose yards in one game.

Denver general manager John Elway and his staff kept close tabs on Spencer throughout the pre-season while he was making plays for the Steelers. When the chance came around to put Spencer on the roster the Broncos took advantage.

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