Posted Fri Sep 4th by Monty
NFL rosters must be trimmed to their final 53 by Saturday, which means 23 players will be getting visited by The Turk today and tomorrow. Here’s my stab at predicting the Denver Broncos final roster – leave yours in the comments!
Cut: Ingle Martin
If Orton and Simms don’t get injured, Brandstater’s a practice squadder. Instead, not only do we need him, but we’d be foolish to risk putting him there as the other teams can see his potential just as well as we can.
Running Back (4)
Cut: LaMont Jordan, Marcus Thigpen
This one’s tricky, as Jordan was #2 on the depth chart and is obviously a “McDaniels guy.”
Wide Receiver (7)
Cut: Nate Swift, Matthew Willis
I’m not a fan of Chad Jackson – he drops balls like a mofo, especially in camp. But he’s a solid special teamer too, and we’ve already shown we need depth at wideout.
Tight End (3)
Cut: Marquez Branson
I actually think Quinn has a ton of potential after watching him in camp. He’s a project, but has the skill set to become a complete and ELITE tight end in this league, both blocking and receiving.
Offensive Line (8)
Cut: Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Gorin, Clint Oldenburg, Matt McChesney, Mitch Erickson
Lichtensteiger is the surprise cut. The 2008 4th rounder just hasn’t looked good, and being pigeonholed at C certainly isn’t the versatility McD says he’s looking for.
Defensive Line (7)
Le Kevin Smith
Cut: Nic Clemons, Matthias Askew, Everette Pedescleaux
Chris Baker is the only undrafted rookie who makes the team on my roster.
Cut: Tim Crowder, Lee Robinson, Braxton Kelley
I see the Broncos keeping a lot of linebackers, as Mike Nolan likes to mix up his packages and these guys are among the core on special teams. It came between Tim Crowder and Jarvis Moss and Moss separated himself last night.
Defensive Backs (9)
Cut: Tony Carter, Rashod Moulton, D.J. Johnson, Antwain Spann, Vernon Fox, Josh Bell
This was the toughest call to make. It was a three-way toss-up between Vernon Fox, Josh Bell and Josh Barrett. Let’s hope Barrett gets healthy soon.