Posted Sun Aug 31st by Ian Henson
The Denver Broncos were afforded a very fortunate opportunity Saturday afternoon. Turns out star receiver Brandon Marshall won’t be needing a roster spot this week, matter of fact, he won’t be needing a spot until September 9th. So that’s why the Denver Broncos made 20 roster moves instead of 21.
However, the Broncos march into the season with three running backs, one fullback, three tight ends, four receivers and two quarterbacks. Though not to worry, nine offensive linemen, ten defensive lineman, eight linebackers, five corners and four safeties. Yet, out of all of those players, one must be cut.
Insert lion’s growl sound, we ready for this season or what?
No. Frankly, we’re not, the list of the soon to be forgotten leaves many questions that deserve answers. Was Tim Crowder’s performance in preseason and training camp really enough to earn him a roster spot? Or was it just that the Broncos drafted him in the second round last season? Avoid the media downpour, the still stinging criticism of drafts gone bad of the past… Will Jarvis Moss prove to be worthy of his first round pick? Or did the Broncos mess that one up too? Did we mess up the first two picks of the draft two seasons ago?
Well this season, the first two picks in the 2008 draft are starting on Monday Night Football for the Broncos. The same can’t be said for the 2005, 2006 or 2007 seasons worth of first and second round draft picks.
What’s at stake on Monday the eighth? Well, one man’s job. If the Broncos see fit with four receivers for the first game of the season, are they okay for that amount the entire season? If so, then watch Keary Colbert go. If not then take this into consideration, the Broncos run an eight man rotation on the defensive line, if I’m the man making the decisions, when Brandon Marshall returns and we need that extra roster spot, then Tim Crowder is the one to go.
Who else? There are seven other players on the Denver Broncos official roster listed as third-stringers. The only other possibly conceivable player to go would be safety Roderick Rogers, but with Marquand Manuel nursing a broken thumb and Manuel being the only conceivable backup to Marlon McCree, the Broncos can’t get rid of Rogers.
So that’s it, given a miracle, the Broncos will be forced to release Tim Crowder following the Oakland Raiders game. Unless there’s an injury or some unforseen act of science.