5 Denver Broncos Veterans Who Won’t Make The 53 Man Roster
5 Denver Broncos Veterans Who Wont Make The 53 Man Roster
As is the case with every NFL team, roster cut downs always provide us with various surprises.
The Denver Broncos, with Super Bowl aspirations in tow, are no different, and surely there will be some surprise cuts. The Broncos have a deep history of finding talent in the later rounds and with undrafted free agents, which in turn means some veteran players lose their roster spot.
Denver has had at least one undrafted free-agent make the team nine years running, and it's a sure bet that streak will extend to 10 this season as several players are in line to join the likes of Wesley Woodyard, Chris Harris, and Duke Ihenacho. You could add Wes Welker into the mix, albeit he wasn't an original Broncos signing.
History has shown the Broncos are not afraid to part ways with veteran talent as running back Willis McGahee could attest to. Do the names Kyle Orton, Drayton Florence, Javon Walker or Daryl Gardener ring any bells?
Denver is in "win now" mode, so one might assume they would like to keep as many veterans as possible to help get them over the hump, but the organization is well aware of the fact that sometimes the young kids can help more-so than a veteran presence.
The Broncos are benefactors of their last three draft classes, (including undrafted free-agents) which have provided them much needed depth at many positions and enabled them to make the so-called "tough decisions" on cut down day.
Here are five Denver Bronco veterans who may be cut before the season.
5. TE Jake O'Connell
The fifth-year pro has been nothing more than a filler during his time in Denver and has never been a prominent player at anytime in his career.
The former seventh-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs will find it tough to make the Broncos as younger and more athletic tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green have emerged. And with Jacob Tamme (also on the bubble) and Joel Dresseen already on the roster, O'Connell can just go ahead and pack his bags now.
4. DB Quentin Jammer
Jammer has been around and knows football as well as any defensive back in the league. What made Jammer appealing to the Broncos was his versatility to play both corner and safety.
Jammer isn't a bad player by any means although he has lost a step in his 10-year career, but the rise of several younger players now makes the once appealing Jammer expendable.
Jammer may still make the team, but I just don't see the snaps for him. Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are locked in at corner, Chris Harris is the nickel back, and the safety spot has Jammer listed at the bottom of the depth chart.
Hey Quentin? Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
3. S Mike Adams
Adams was a free-agent signing from a year ago who was automatically plugged into a starting safety role. The 10-year vet played well in spurts for the Broncos and was vital for the team once promising safety Quinton Carter went down.
Not helping Adams this season is the emergence of two younger safeties. Both Duke Ihenacho-- who spent last season on the practice squad -- and David Bruton have made tremendous strides this past offseason and at least Ihenacho has already passed Adams on the depth chart.
The fact Bruton is a special teams ace and can play effectively at safety makes Adams expendable, especially with Carter returning to form as well.
2. TE Jacob Tamme
Tamme has been a security blanket of sorts for QB Peyton Manning dating back to their days in Indianapolis. Knowing all of Manning's nuances and demands certainly works in Tamme's favor, but the emergence of young tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green put Tamme on the bubble.
His play has not been disappointing in camp (when he's on the field), but Thomas has been lights out and looks to be the Broncos best receiving tight-end since Shannon Sharpe.
Green is a very good blocker and is serviceable in the passing game. Adding it all up, Tamme is in trouble.
Manning may or may not have a say in whether Tamme stays or goes. If he doesn't, Tamme could be as good as gone.
1. RB Knowshon Moreno
Moreno filled in admirably for the injured McGahee a year ago and showed the Broncos he could be that tough every down back. Unfortunately for Moreno, he just can't stay healthy.
Moreno has been plagued by injuries since the moment he arrived in Colorado. Although he is serviceable once he's on the field, may not be worth giving a roster spot to.
Denver drafted Montee Ball in the second round because they simply are not satisfied with what already existed in the backfield, and signed C.J. Anderson (surprise of camp so far) as an undrafted free agent to create competition with default top back Ronnie Hillman.
Hillman is listed as the starter, although I expect Ball to eventually replace him once the season starts. Anderson looked like a sleeper to become Denver's starter, but a knee injury has derailed those thoughts for now.
With the flexible Jacob Hester and dependable Lance Ball also battling for carries it looks like Moreno's days in Denver are numbered.