Broncos' 53-man roster announced

Justin Edmonds

"We kept the best 53" -John Elway. The Denver Broncos' 53-man roster has been finalized to start the 2013 season.

Offense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
WR Demaryius Thomas Andre Caldwell
LT Ryan Clady Chris Clark
LG Zane Beadles Chris Kuper
C Manny Ramirez Steve Vallos
RG Louis Vasquez John Moffitt
RT Orlando Franklin Chris Clark
TE Julius Thomas Joel Dreessen Jacob Tamme Virgil Green
WR Eric Decker Trindon Holliday
WR Wes Welker Eric Decker
QB Peyton Manning Brock Osweiler Zac Dysert
RB Ronnie Hillman Montee Ball Knowshon Moreno Jacob Hester
C.J. Anderson

Defense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
LDE Derek Wolfe Malik Jackson
DT Kevin Vickerson Mitch Unrein
NT Terrance Knighton Sylvester Williams
RDE Robert Ayers Shaun Phillips
SLB Nate Irving Shaun Phillips
MLB Wesley Woodyard Paris Lenon
WLB Danny Trevathan Steven Johnson
LCB Champ Bailey Chris Harris Quentin Jammer
RCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Tony Carter Kayvon Webster
SS Duke Ihenacho Mike Adams
FS Rahim Moore David Bruton Omar Bolden


Specialists

4 Britton Colquitt (P)

5 Matt Prater (K)

46 Aaron Brewer (LS)

Thoughts and reactions

The Broncos decided to keep Zac Dysert which was a bit of a surprise. Most thought he could clear waivers and be stashed on the practice squad. Obviously the Broncos didn't think that was the case.

We can now say Elway may keep us on our toes as 5th round WR Tavarres King was waived. I thought he'd stick. A bit curious the Broncos would keep only 4 true WR. Then again, the 4th and 5th WR's last year had 26 targets total. They do not matter much in a Manning offense. Even if one of the three starters goes down, Caldwell provides adequate depth both in the slot and on the outside.

I'm going to give the Duke kudos on swallowing pride and cutting bait with a draft pick. It seemed as if many conversations this offseason began or ended with "well he's an Elway draft pick etc". If the guy didn't have enough talent to stick so be it. Perhaps King can clear waivers and be placed on the PS.

All four TE's stuck which was a sticking point of mine all offseason.

The Lilja, Davis, Cornick, and Blake cuts were not surprises.

Keeping 11 defensive backs is a surprise. But when you're thin at LB, (5 on the active roster) it allows you to keep one from another position group. Look for the Broncos to add another LB in the near future especially with Bradley on IR.

Full List of Transactions

RELEASED (VESTED VETERANS)

Player

Pos.

College

Exp.

Lance Ball

RB

Maryland

5

C.J. Davis

C/G

Pittsburgh

4

Jeremiah Johnson

RB

Oregon

4

Ryan Lilja

C/G

Kansas State

10

Jake O'Connell

TE

Miami-Ohio

5

WAIVED

Player

Pos.

College

Exp.

Jeremy Beal

DE

Oklahoma

2

Philip Blake

C/G

Baylor

2

Paul Cornick

T

North Dakota State

1

Romney Fuga

DT

BYU

R

Ben Garland

DT

Air Force

1

Aaron Hester

CB

UCLA

R

Damien Holmes

LB

UCLA

R

Tavarres King

WR

Georgia

R

Vinston Painter

T

Virginia Tech

R

Ross Rasner

S

Arkansas

R

Gerell Robinson

WR

Arizona State

1

Lamaar Thomas

WR

New Mexico

R

John Youboty

DE

Temple

R

INJURED RESERVE

Player

Pos.

College

Exp.

Stewart Bradley

LB

Nebraska

7

Lerentee McCray

LB

Florida

R

Quanterus Smith

DE

Western Kentucky

R

RESERVE/SUSPENDED

Player

Pos.

College

Exp.

Von Miller

LB

Texas A&M

3

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