All through the day, we’ll present updates and evaluation of NFL Cutdown Day. The Broncos and each group must submit their preliminary 53-man roster by 2 p.m.
The Broncos’ roster is at present at 77 gamers.
Some ideas on yesterday’s strikes by the Broncos and a few massive information within the league this morning:
1. No actual surprises among the many 13 roster strikes (11 cuts and two waived/injured gamers) by the Broncos up to now.
Launched had been receivers Mark Chapman, Bryce Bobo, John Diarse and Jordan Leslie, outdoors linebackers Antonio Simmons and Marcus Rush, defensive linemen DeQuinton Osborne and DeShawn Williams and cornerback Michael Hunter, offensive deal with Austin Fleer and guard Jeremiah Poutasi.
Waived-injured had been cornerback Marcus Rios (leg) and guard J.J. Dielman (knee).
Not one of the above gamers had been in my remaining 53-man projection. Solely Rios (5 video games) performed a sport for the Broncos final 12 months.
2. Names to look at right now for the Broncos: Cornerback Brendan Langley, working again De’Angelo Henderson, receivers Tim Patrick, Isaiah McKenzie and River Cracraft and safeties Will Parks and Dymonte Thomas.
If the Broncos maintain six receivers, there may be room for 2 of Patrick-McKenzie-Cracraft. It could be a shock if Langley, a third-round choose simply final 12 months, makes it. And the Broncos might maintain each Parks and Thomas.
3. I anticipate rookie tight finish Troy Fumagalli (groin) to finish up on injured reserve, however the curveball can be if the Broncos suppose he can get wholesome rapidly and assist them this 12 months. A key factor to recollect about IR guidelines: To be eligible for a designed to return spot, a participant have to be on the preliminary 53-man roster. The Broncos must lower one other participant right now to make room for Fumagalli after which place him on IR tomorrow.
4. The massive story this morning – – and it is going to be the massive story of the weekend – – is ESPN’s report of Oakland buying and selling defensive finish Khalil Mack to Chicago for what’s believed to be two first-round picks. A monster deal contemplating Mack will quickly signal a monster contract.
Getting Mack out of the division is nice information for the Broncos, who should face him as soon as each 4 years as a substitute of twice a 12 months (together with Weeks 2 and 16 this 12 months).
5. Will the Broncos be energetic on the commerce entrance? A take a look at their present depth chart would recommend no by way of including gamers. In the event that they need to go along with six defensive linemen as a substitute of seven, they may flip a kind of. If they’ll lower Henderson, they could be capable of commerce him.