By Jimmie Kaylor @jimmiekaylor on August 21, 2014
The preseason is winding down for the Denver Broncos and the final pieces of their roster puzzle are starting to be put in place. Saturday night is the last real preseason action the starters will see. There are a handful of guys who can really state their case to make the final roster with strong performances. With that, here are five players who are on the roster bubble for the Denver Broncos going into Week 3 of the preseason.
The converted defensive lineman has shown promise, but it may not be enough to keep him on the active roster. Backup offensive linemen typically need to have the versatility to play several offensive line spots and as a player still learning the position, he may not bring that to the table. He also faces the uphill battle of competing against drafted players. Garland could be destined for the practice squad.
Duke Ihenacho will have to hold off serious competition from John Boyett to keep his roster spot for 2014. T.J. Ward, Rahim Moore and special teams captain David Bruton are locks and the team thinks very highly of Quinton Carter. Ihenacho and Boyett are very similar players, so whoever is more valuable on special teams will likely get the nod.
Zac Dysert could be cut simply to open up space for another player. The Broncos think very highly of him and would like to keep him, but may need the roster space for an extra lineman. If he ends up being released, there is little chance he clears waivers without being claimed by another team.
Mitch Unrein could fall victim to the Broncos having an unusually deep defensive line group. Terrence Knighton is one of the best in the business and Sylvester Williams is showing major signs of growth in his second season. The surprise has been Marvin Austin, who has played great thus far. The final defensive tackle spot could come down to Unrein and Kevin Vickerson. Whichever player is released likely won’t be a free agent for very long.
Tony Carter is competing for the fifth cornerback spot on the Broncos roster with his main competition being Omar Bolden. Bolden’s position versatility and kick return ability could give him a significant edge over Carter. Carter is going to have to play extremely well over the next two weeks in order to continue his career as a Denver Bronco.
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