By Tylor Walden on June 8, 2014
Not everyone on the Denver Broncos roster can make the team. With only 53 spots, there are some big decisions to be made as the team looks to go on another Super Bowl run. John Elway and company want to make sure that they have the best team possible, and that might mean cutting away some veterans who have lost a step or do not fit.
With that in mind, here are five veterans who I believe will not play for the Mile High City in Week 1.
Tony Carter is in the middle of his second stint with the Broncos. With the arrival of Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby, the cornerback position is quite crowded. He made quite a few key plays during the 2013 season whenever he saw the field, but it is looking less and less likely that he will spend 2014 with the Broncos.
Another player who could fall victim to a crowded position, Nathan Palmer was having enough trouble making the practice squad last season. Now with Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer and a few UDFA wide outs adding on to the other starters, Palmer might find it challenging to even stay on the team in 2014.
With the return of players from injured reserve, Sione Fua might end up being the odd man out. He was signed by the Broncos for depth when Kevin Vickerson went down with an injury. He by no means is a terrible player, he will just fall victim to the skill of the returning players at his position.
When Ryan Clady suffered a season-ending foot injury, the Broncos brought in Winston Justice for depth. The team will be looking to rebuild their offensive line and Clady's return could spell the end of Justice in the Mile High City. While it is any guess as to who will be protecting Peyton Manning, having your career labeled as a journeyman in the NFL makes it difficult to hold a roster spot.
With the emergence of Julius Thomas, Joel Dreessen saw less time in the Broncos' offense. Now with Virgil Green expected to get a huge role in the offense in 2014 and Manning's longtime teammate Jacob Tamme in the mix, there is a good chance that we may not see Dreessen in blue and orange when Week 1 starts.
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