Two Birds In The Hand Are Better Than 8 On The Practice Squad

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Peyton Manning ~ "See that fella right there, he came up the same way you did, and if you want to make the team, follow his lead"...

As the season draws near I thought I'd poke around the Denver Broncos roster and see who is practice squad eligible, and see who we might want to keep in the developmental phase of some of the young men we have. Our own Guru, John Bena laid out the rules for practice squad eligibility last year in a Mile High Report you can read right here.

People generally focus on the 53 members of the team who are eligible to play as the roster but the team usually has eight practice squad members who count on the roster as well that make 61 total. Practice Squad members can be picked-up by other teams unlike those on the 53-man active/inactive list.

This year teams must trim their active roster to 75 on August 27th by 4 p.m. (EST) and down to 53 by August 31st 6 p.m. (EST). At this time the Broncos have 87 on the active roster, 2 (Dan Koppen and Justin Boren), and 1 (J.D.Walton) on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, for a total of 90 players. It is my understading that players on IR/PUP are still counted to the roster during training camp, but won't count against the 53/61 once the season begins. On the roster there are 16 undrafted rookies, 7 drafted rookies, 6 - first year players, 5 - 2nd year players who are eligible for the practice squad.

On game day 46 of the 53 man are active while the other seven are inactive, but are still paid, as teams choose who to activate depending upon their position needs that week. For example, usually teams carry three quarterbacks but only two are active on game day.

Every year it seems that the Broncos find a special player who makes the roster who wasn't drafted. Last year linebacker Steven Johnson was that guy, the year before was CB Chris Harris, and I find no reason that that trend qill be broken this year. Out of the 16 undrafted rookies a few names have already popped up with their hard work and contributions in practice and the first preseason game, they will be hard cuts.

Undrafted Free Agents signed

Tyan Doerr, P, Kansas St.

Kemonte' Bateman, WR, New Mexico St

Qunincy McDuffie, WR/KR, Central Florida

Lamaar Thomas, WR, New Mexico

C.J.Anderson, RB, Cal

Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA

Ross Rasner, S, Arkansas

Nigel Malone,CB, Kansas St

Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida

Damien Holmes, LB, UCLA

Ryan Katz, QB, SD St

Uona Kaveinga, LB, BYU

Lanston Tanyi, DE, CSU

Manase Foketi, T, West Texas A&M

Romney Fuga, DT, BYU

John Youboty, DE, Temple

Of these 16 UFAs I suspect that at least 1 or 2 maybe more will be added to our practice squad once they clear waivers. Which one(s) do you like?

First year players who are PS eligible

Gerrel Robinson, WR, Arizona St.</p>

Gerell Robinson is a first-year wide receiver who spent his rookie season in 2012 on Arizona’s practice squad after competing with the Broncos during training camp... Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on April 28, 2012…

Quintin Saulsberry, C, Miss. St

Quentin Saulsberry is a first-year center who spent his rookie season in 2012 on Denver’s practice squad after signing with Minnesota as a college free agent on May 4 and competing with the Vikings during training camp...

Ben Garland, G, Air Force

Ben Garland is first-year offensive guard who originally entered the NFL with the Broncos as a college free agent on April 30, 2010... Competed with the Broncos during the 2010 preseason before spending 2010-11 on Denver’s reserve/military list while fulfilling his obligations to the Air Force Academy... Competed as a defensive lineman on the club’s practice squad in 2012 before making the switch to offensive guard...

Paul Cornick, T, ND St

Paul Cornick is a first-year offensive tackle who joined the Broncos as a practice squad signee on Dec. 10, 2012... Entered the NFL with the N.Y. Jets as a college free agent on July 12, 2012, and spent the first four weeks of his rookie season on the club’s practice squad... Helped lead North Dakota State to its first Football Championship Series title as a senior in 2011 and earned consensus first-team All-America honors... Graded out to 96.5 percent at tackle and compiled 102 knockdown blocks while allowing just one sack and no quarterback hurries...

Greg Orton, WR, Purdue

Greg Orton is a first-year wide receiver from Purdue University who spent the final five weeks of the 2011 regular season and the entire 2012 campaign on the Broncos’ practice squad... Competed in training camp with Cincinnati in 2009 before stints with the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock and the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks...

Second year players

Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose St

• A second-year safety who played in two games for the Broncos as a rookie in 2012, while also competing on the club’s practice squad. • Joined long snapper Aaron Brewer and linebacker Steven Johnson as one of three undrafted college free agents to make Denver’s active roster in 2012.

Mario Butler, CB, Georgia Tech

• A second-year cornerback who spent time on Dallas’ active roster in 2012 in addition to competing on practice squads with the Cowboys (2011) and Broncos (2012). • Made his NFL regular-season debut in Dallas’ 2012 season opener against the N.Y. Giants.

Philip Blake, C/G, Baylor

• A second-year interior lineman who made Denver’s active roster as a rookie in 2012 before being placed on injured reserve two weeks into the season.

Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma

• A second-year player who spent the 2012 season on injured reserve with a knee injury after competing on Denver’s practice squad during his 2011 rookie campaign. • Tied for the team lead in sacks (2) and tackles for a loss (3) in four preseason games with the Broncos in 2012.

Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah

• A second-year defensive tackle who spent the entire 2012 campaign on Denver’s active roster, seeing action in one game for the Broncos. • Spent time on Denver’s practice squad as a rookie in 2011 after competing with San Francisco during training camp.



Hey Tony, you grab his legs and I'll get his arms, and we'll throw Trindon in the pool!

I think this year we have a couple of guys who have shown the coaches and the world that they belong on the team, and that's Duke Ihenacho and C.J.Davis. These next couple of weeks will be huge for CJ and if he continues on his mission successfully, I think he will be our 2013 UFA on the roster week one.

My practice squad consists of the following:

Sealver Siliga, DT

Vinston Painter, T, Virginia Tech

Philip Blake, C/G, Baylor

Gerrel Robinson, WR Arizona St

Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida

Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA

Quincy McDuffie, WR, Central Florida

Ross Rasner, S, Arkansas

There it is folks, and a lot of things can change from now until August 31th, but it's something to work with...

I think I left someone out up above, who might that be?

And , Peyton Manning didn't say that quote at the top, but he might of...

*Information in this article was taken from the 2013 Denver Broncos Media Guide

This is a Fan-Created Comment on The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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