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Broncos 53-man roster projection including cuts, trades, practice squad and oh, my!

The Broncos must finalize their 53-man roster by 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 5. The team can then sign 10 players to its practice squad beginning Sunday. Here's a projection for the final 63.

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Reports have emerged that Denver is not done making trades, and John Elway confirmed on Hard Knocks that the team is looking to trade at least one inside linebacker.

With that in mind, my projection has the team making at least two more trades (either for offensive linemen, defensive linemen, or low round picks). This projection also includes a 10-player practice squad.

Here's my projection:

CutCorbin Louks l Isaiah BurseJordan Taylor l Marcel Jensen l Kyle Roberts l Shelley Smith l Dillon Day l Ben Garland l Charles Sweeton l Gerald Rivers l Chuka Ndulue l Sione Fua l Josh WatsonAntonio SmithZaire Anderson l Lorenzo Doss l Kapri Bibbs l Josh FurmanTaurean Nixon

Trades: Montee Ball (alternate) l Steven Johnson l Corey Nelson

10-man practice squad: Jordan Taylor, Corbin Louks l Dillon Day l Ben Garland l Kapri Bibbs l Josh Furman l Taurean Nixon l Zaire Anderson l Lorenzo Doss

Offense: 25

3 QB: Peyton Manning l Brock Osweiler l Trevor Siemian

Alternate: Denver may feel that Siemian would clear waivers. If so, they could cut him and later add him to the practice squad. That would be a risky move, so expect him to make the final roster.

4 RB: C.J. Anderson l Ronnie Hillman l Juwan Thompson l Montee Ball

Alternate: Denver fears that Kapri Bibbs would not be able to clear waivers for the practice squad. In that case, Bibbs makes the roster and Ball is either traded or cut.

1 FB: James Casey

8 OLTy Sambrailo l Evan Mathis l Matt Paradis l Louis Vasquez l Ryan Harris l Michael Schofield l Max Garcia l Gino Gradkowski

Alternate: Denver goes with Shelley Smith over Gradowski.

3 TE: Owen Daniels l Virgil Green l Dominique Jones

Alternate: Denver also keeps Marcel Jensen and either cuts Casey or a non-tight end position.

6 WR: Demaryius Thomas l Emmanuel Sanders l Andre Caldwell l Cody Latimer l Jordan Norwood l Bennie Fowler

Alternate: Denver cuts Caldwell in favor of a younger option, or only carries five receivers.


6 DLDerek Wolfe l Sylvester Williams l Malik Jackson l Vance Walker l Darius KilgoKenny Anunike

Alternate: Denver finds a way to keep Antonio Smith and/or Sione Fua, either by placing Anunike on the PUP list or cutting different players. Update: Anunike is not eligible for the PUP list. Update II: Wolfe won't be on the roster for the first four weeks, so that clears up a spot for either Smith or Fua.

8 LB: Von Miller l DeMarcus Ware l Brandon Marshall l Danny Trevathan l Shane Ray l Todd Davis l Shaquil BarrettLamin Barrow

6 CB: Chris Harris Jr. l Aqib Talib l Kayvon Webster l Bradley Roby l Tony Carter l Curtis Marsh

5 S: T.J. Ward l Darian Stewart l David Bruton Jr. l Omar Bolden l Josh Bush


3 S: Brandon McManus l Britton Colquitt l Aaron Brewer

Total on active roster: 53 players

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