One of the recent rule proposals that was defeated was to increase the maximum number of players from 80 to 86 for the start of training camp. The reason this rule was proposed is that teams used to get roster exemptions for players in NFL Europe. This allowed them to bring in an extra 5-8 players (I am guessing on that number) for the start of training camp. Now that NFL Europe is defunct, the coaches did not want to lose those extra players. Hence the rule proposal.
Before I get into what this means for the Broncos, I started by thinking of the minimum number of players the team would want to have in training camp. This is based partially on the talent at each position, but more on what is actually needed to run the drills in camp. (For example, Denver always brings a second kicker in to camp to split duties with Elam) My general rule of thumb was that the team would want to be at least 3 deep at each position.
Here are the numbers I came up with, but they really are guesses and I would love some feedback.
4 QB's, 6 RB's (including FB), 8 WR's, 6 TE (including Leach), 13 OL.
7 DE's, 7 DT's, 8 LB's, 6 CB's, 6 S's, 3 K's, 2 P's.
That is a total of 76 of the 80 roster spots accounted for.
These numbers seem reasonable? How would you tweak them?