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Can we learn anything by looking at who is on the 90-man roster now that the Broncos have a full squad?

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Before the start of the first game of the regular season in 2016, every NFL team will have to cut it's roster down to 53 active players. An additional 10 (I thought this had been changed to 11) players can be signed to the practice squad after they are cut by the team during training camp.

Below is the current 90-man roster (the official team website is not listing Kyle Kragen yet). Yes, Kyle is the son of former Broncos defensive tackle Greg Kragen.

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE
2 Addison, Bralon WR 5/9 197 22 R Oregon
4 Colquitt, Britton P 6/3 205 31 8 Tennessee
5 Neal, Durron WR 5/11 201 23 R Oklahoma
6 Sanchez, Mark QB 6/2 225 29 8 Southern California
8 McManus, Brandon K 6/3 201 24 3 Temple
9 Dixon, Riley P 6/4 221 22 R Syracuse
10 Sanders, Emmanuel WR 5/11 180 29 7 Southern Methodist
11 Norwood, Jordan WR 5/11 180 29 7 Penn State
12 Lynch, Paxton QB 6/7 244 22 R Memphis
13 Siemian, Trevor QB 6/3 220 24 2 Northwestern
14 Latimer, Cody WR 6/2 215 23 3 Indiana
15 Posey, DeVier WR 6/1 210 26 3 Ohio State
16 Fowler, Bennie WR 6/1 212 24 2 Michigan State
17 Frazier, Mose WR 5/11 190 22 R Memphis
19 Raymond, Kalif WR 5/9 160 21 R Holy Cross
20 Booker, Devontae RB 5/11 219 23 R Utah
21 Talib, Aqib CB 6/1 205 30 9 Kansas
22 Anderson, C.J. RB 5/8 224 25 4 California
23 Hillman, Ronnie RB 5/10 195 24 5 San Diego State
25 Harris Jr., Chris CB 5/10 199 26 5 Kansas
26 Stewart, Darian S 5/11 214 27 7 South Carolina
27 Ross, Brandian S 6/1 190 26 5 Youngstown State
28 Gray, Cyrus RB 5/10 206 26 3 Texas A&M
29 Roby, Bradley CB 5/11 194 24 3 Ohio State
30 Lowery, B.J. CB 5/11 193 24 R Iowa
31 Simmons, Justin S 6/2 202 22 R Boston College
32 Janovich, Andy FB 6/1 238 22 R Nebraska
33 Keo, Shiloh S 5/11 205 28 5 Idaho
34 Parks, Will S 6/1 194 21 R Arizona
35 Bibbs, Kapri RB 5/11 203 23 2 Colorado State
36 Webster, Kayvon CB 5/11 198 25 4 South Florida
37 Doss, Lorenzo CB 5/11 187 22 2 Tulane
38 Glover, Antonio S 6/1 190 23 R Georgia Southern
39 Nixon, Taurean CB 5/10 187 25 2 Tulane
40 Thompson, Juwan RB 5/11 225 23 3 Duke
41 Garner, Manasseh TE/FB 6/2 239 24 R Pittsburgh
42 Kreiter, Casey LS 6/1 250 25 1 Iowa
43 Ward, T.J. S 5/10 200 29 7 Oregon
45 Tidwell, John CB 6/1 191 23 R Sioux Falls
46 Norman, Dwayne ILB 6/1 230 22 R Duke
47 Shannon, Frank ILB 6/1 229 23 R Oklahoma
48 Barrett, Shaquil OLB 6/2 250 23 3 Colorado State
49 Theus, Nathan LS 6/3 238 23 R Georgia
50 Anderson, Zaire ILB 5/11 220 23 1 Nebraska
51 Davis, Todd ILB 6/1 230 23 3 Sacramento State
52 Nelson, Corey ILB 6/1 226 24 3 Oklahoma
53 Ferentz, James C 6/2 285 26 2 Iowa
54 Marshall, Brandon ILB 6/1 250 26 5 Nevada
55 Day, Dillon C 6/4 299 24 1 Mississippi State
56 Ray, Shane OLB 6/3 245 22 2 Missouri
57 Kragen, Kyle OLB 6/2 245 23 California
58 Miller, Von OLB 6/3 250 27 6 Texas A&M
59 Sulleyman, Sadat OLB 6/1 254 23 R Portland State
60 McGovern, Connor G 6/4 306 23 R Missouri
61 Paradis, Matt C 6/3 300 26 2 Boise State
62 Moala, David NT 6/1 311 23 R Utah State
63 Heurtelou, Calvin NT 6/3 315 23 R Miami (Fla.)
64 Murray, Justin T 6/5 304 23 R Cincinnati
65 Yarbrough, Eddie DE 6/3 259 23 R Wyoming
66 Roberts, Kyle T 6/6 305 24 1 Nevada
67 Brenner, Sam C/G 6/2 310 26 4 Utah
68 Dora, Vontarrius OLB 6/4 262 23 R Louisiana Tech
69 Jenkins, Shaneil DE 6/4 275 22 R Shepherd
70 Myers Jr., Robert G 6/5 335 24 2 Tennessee State
71 Stephenson, Donald T 6/6 312 27 5 Oklahoma
72 Neary, Aaron G 6/4 301 23 R Eastern Washington
73 Okung, Russell T 6/5 310 28 7 Oklahoma State
74 Sambrailo, Ty T 6/5 315 24 2 Colorado State
75 Jefferson, Cameron T 6/5 317 24 1 Arkansas
76 Garcia, Max G 6/4 309 24 2 Florida
77 Weems, Darrion T 6/5 310 27 3 Oregon
78 Hanson, Lars T 6/8 308 23 R Sacramento State
79 Schofield, Michael T 6/6 301 25 3 Michigan
80 Graham, Garrett TE 6/3 243 29 7 Wisconsin
82 Heuerman, Jeff TE 6/5 255 23 2 Ohio State
83 Norris, Anthony TE 6/4 255 24 R Southern Utah
84 Krieger-Coble, Henry TE 6/4 248 23 R Iowa
85 Green, Virgil TE 6/5 255 27 6 Nevada
87 Taylor, Jordan WR 6/5 210 24 1 Rice
88 Thomas, Demaryius WR 6/3 229 28 7 Georgia Tech
90 Peko, Kyle DT 6/1 305 22 R Oregon State
91 Anunike, Kenny DE 6/5 275 25 3 Duke
92 Williams, Sylvester NT 6/2 313 27 4 North Carolina
93 Crick, Jared DE 6/4 285 26 5 Nebraska
94 Ware, DeMarcus OLB 6/4 258 33 12 Troy
95 Wolfe, Derek DE 6/5 285 26 5 Cincinnati
96 Walker, Vance DE 6/2 305 29 8 Georgia Tech
97 Taylor, Phillip NT 6/3 335 28 5 Baylor
98 Kilgo, Darius NT 6/3 319 24 2 Maryland
99 Gotsis, Adam DE 6/4 287 23 R Georgia Tech

So here is the breakdown by position.

POS Count
C 3
C/G 1
CB 8
DE 7
DT 1
FB 1
G 4
ILB 6
K 1
LS 2
NT 5
OLB 7
P 2
QB 3
RB 6
S 7
T 9
TE 5
TE/FB 1
WR 11

The above table is only useful in context - i.e., how many players at each position did the Broncos begin the season with in 2015? That table is below.

POS Count
C 2
CB 6
DE 3
DT 3
G 4
ILB 4
K 1
LS 1
OLB 5
P 1
QB 3
RB 3
S 4
T 3
TE 3
TE/FB 1
WR 6

Now, Denver coach Gary Kubiak might decide to structure the roster (at least offensively) at little differently than at the start of 2015. Historically, the Kubiak/Mike Shanahan offense has used more two tight end sets, as well as a true fullback.

So I would not be surprised in the least if Denver kept four true tight ends, a true fullback and only five receivers on the active roster. One note about the Week one 53-man roster from 2015: two of the Broncos' starters were suspended - T.J. Ward and Derek Wolfe. Curtis Marsh was released once Ward came back. Tight end/fullback James Casey was released to make room for Derek Wolfe.

If Denver ends up keeping five receivers, four tight ends and one fullback, here are the number of players at each position that will need to be cut to make it to 53 (center/guard counted as guard). Positions where the Broncos don't need to cut anyone are not listed.

C - 1 (Feretz doubled as a FB last season)

G - 1

T - 6

TE - 1

WR - 6

LS - 1

P - 1

DT/NT - 3

DE - 4

ILB - 2

OLB - 2

CB - 2* (Marsh is a CB who was holding Ward's roster spot)

S - 3* (see comment above about Marsh)

I have no doubt that there will be surprises (there always are, especially with John Elway and the Broncos).

What position group do you think will provide the biggest surprise as Denver cuts down to 53 players?