Thes are the 53 who will aim for Lombardi. The roster is set; the path to Super Bowl XLIX starts now.
The Denver Broncos finalized their first 53-man roster Saturday, releasing over 20 players over the past 24 hours. While Friday went as expected, with seven releases leaked, Black Saturday came with some surprises.
Two starters on the Broncos' defense a year ago, defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and safety Duke Ihenacho, were released Saturday. "At the end of the day, always remember business is business," Ihenacho said on Twitter. "On to whatever is next."
The Broncos exit training camp with only two quarterbacks for the first time in John Fox's tenure as Broncos head coach, waiving Zac Dysert. They'll roll with Peyton Manning and Plan B Brock Osweiler in 2014.
Still, changes to this roster are probably coming. Over 700 players around the league just hit the waiver wire or free agency as teams rushed to make the NFL's 53-man deadline. Perhaps the Broncos look at veteran tackle Eric Winston, who was released by the Seahawks. Maybe they sign one of the young kickers they have been trying out.
Then there's the practice squad. Running back Kapri Bibbs was a mildly surprising cut by the Broncos, but they will definitely sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers. Another undrafted CSU product, Shaquil Barrett, will be a candidate for the squad. The Broncos can start forming this group after waivers complete noon Sunday.
Broncos 53-man roster
Chris Harris Jr.
Special Teams (3)
K Matt Prater*
K Brandon McManus
P Britton Colquitt
LS Aaron Brewer
To be determined Sunday after waivers
*Suspended; does not count against 53-man roster.