In the last preseason game for the Denver Broncos, this was a chance for players who had a lot to prove to show that they deserve a roster spot. One of the most difficult decision for the Broncos going into Saturday’s roster cuts is what to do with cornerback Tony Carter.
During the two preseason games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, Carter has intercepted passes and made some solid plays in coverage. But he has also had his bad moments in both games as he has drawn penalties as well. It is so challenging to determine if Carter will have a spot on the 53-man roster because of his inconstancy. With the signing of Aqib Talib, draft pick Bradley Roby and current starter Chris Harris on the roster, we may not see a whole lot of Carter on the field anyways. His presence would be great, but drawing costly penalties for a cornerback in the league today.
I think his spot on the roster will come down to so many factors, most notably his play making in the preseason. I have him as one of the players who will not survive the final cuts, but I could be proven wrong as he can bring a veteran presence to a secondary. If he can work on his contact with the other wide outs, then he will be a solid corner for the team.
The negative though, that could keep him from making the roster, is his penalty history. The way he plays his game is the physical aspect that the Broncos want to see from the defense, but perhaps doing so in the way in which he does not reward the opposing team more yards could be a huge difference in the game. The Broncos have a long couple days to figure out if Carter is a player that can help or hurt the team in the long run. His name will be one to watch as the final roster is decided upon.