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Denver Broncos Roster - Projecting the final 53

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This is a departure from my regular projections. Before, I made decisions as if I were the personnel man in charge. This projection is what I think the Broncos will actually do when the final cuts are made.

Offense

Position

Starter

2nd

3rd

Other

QB

18 Manning

17 Osweiler

2 Dysert

RB

28 Ball

23 Hillman

22 Anderson

40 Thompson

WR 1

88 Thomas

14 Latimer

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WR 2

10 Sanders

12 Caldwell

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WR 3

83 Welker

19 Burse

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TE

80 Thomas

85 Green

84 Tamme

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LT

78 Clady

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LG

74 Franklin

63 Garland

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C

66 Ramirez

64 Montgomery

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RG

65 Vasquez

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RT

75 Clark

79 Schofield

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Total: 24

By Position: QB (3), RB (4), WR (6), TE (3), OL (8)

Analysis

In the end I believe the Broncos will keep Zac Dysert.  With Renner released on the first round of cuts, it sort of foreshadowed their intentions.

Juwan Thompson becomes the 11th straight UDFA rookie to make the roster.  I love the way he runs and the Broncos would be foolish not to utilize him in the rotation, even though he will begin the season as the low man on the totem pole.

So much for Ronnie Hillman getting cut - haters.

The Broncos will opt to keep a 6th wide receiver in Burse who will become their primary returner.  Vic Lombardi confirmed that Norwood had done enough to make the team.  The team was always prepared to take a 6th WR to the active roster.

Keeping 3 QB and 6 WR constrains you in other areas.  Because of those decisions, I think the Broncos will opt for only 3 TE.  Morrah and Konz are still a little too green to make a tangible impact on Sundays.

Keeping 3 QB and 6 WR also means the Broncos will keep 8 OL.  Both Will Montgomery and Michael Schofield can play the guard spots.  As far as tackle, we have a couple of starters that could shift if necessary.  If Clady gets hurt, Clark could swing to LT while Franklin kicks back to RT.  If Clark gets hurt, Schofield or Garland can play guard while Franklin kicks outside.  Schofield could even play some RT at this point.  This group gives you quite a bit of flexibility.

Defense

Position

Starter

2nd

3rd

Other

LDE

94 Ware

93 Smith

68 Aninuke

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RDE

95 Wolfe

97 Jackson

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UT

92 Williams

76 Austin

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NT

98 Knighton

99 Vickerson

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SAM

58 Miller

55 McCray

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MIKE

56 Irving

57 Barrow

53 Johnson

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WILL

59 Trevathan

54 Marshall

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CB 1

21 Talib

29 Roby

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CB 2

25 Harris Jr.

36 Webster

31 Bolden

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FS

26 Moore

38 Carter

30 Bruton

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SS

43 Ward

27 Ihenacho

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Total: 26

By Position: DT (4), DE (5), LB (7), CB (5), S (5)

Analysis

I believe Kenny Aninuke has done enough to make the roster.  Can never have enough pass rushers.  As a side note, if the Broncos were to cut him and try to get him on the practice squad, it could end up meaning they keep an extra OL.

At tackle Mitch Unrein meets the end of the line, just too much depth.

There are no surprises at linebacker.  In the end, Steven Johnson should make the roster because of his special teams play.  Corey Nelson should make it to the practice squad.

When we get to corner, Omar Bolden has played surprisingly well lately.  This coupled with his special teams contributions gives him the edge over Tony Carter.

At safety the only player that had a shot at making the final roster from the undrafted ranks was John Boyett.  In the end he did not do enough to make the team.

Special Teams

K: You better believe the Broncos will add a kicker.  Mitch Ewald should not make this team with Prater under suspension.

P: Britton Colquitt

LS: Aaron Brewer

KR: Omar Bolden

PR: isaiah Burse

GO BRONCOS!!!

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