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:
Cut: Corbin Louks l Isaiah Burse l Jordan 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 Watson l Antonio Smith l Zaire Anderson l Lorenzo Doss l Kapri Bibbs l Josh Furman l Taurean 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
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 OL: Ty 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.
Derek Wolfe l Sylvester Williams l Malik Jackson l Vance Walker l Darius Kilgo l Kenny 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 Barrett l Lamin 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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