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Denver Broncos roster: Safety Brandian Ross

Breaking down the Denver Broncos 2016 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at safety, Brandian Ross.

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It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but now through August, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

Name: Brandian Ross
Position: Safety
Height: 6'0" Weight: 190
Age: 26 Experience: 4
College: Youngstown State

Brandian Ross is entering his fifth season in the NFL and is coming off a 2015 season where he couldn’t find a job until the final game of the season when the San Diego Chargers picked him up. Over the previous three seasons, he did enjoy extensive playing time with the Oakland Raiders.

The Denver Broncos signed Ross to a one-year contract, along with Shiloh Keo, soon after the team lost both David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden in free agency.

The good

He wears #27. That’s always good when you are a Broncos safety.

After being rated as the worst safety in the NFL by Pro Football Focus in 2013, he bounced back to have his best season as a pro in 2014 for the Raiders. He notched 40 tackles, six pass defenses, two interceptions and a forced fumble in thirteen games that year.

More recently, he has shined a bit during OTA’s as well. On Day 6 of OTA’s, he nearly intercepted a pass from Trevor Siemian to Henry Krieger-Coble with a perfect read and anticipation of the pass.

The bad

PFF rated him the worst safety in the NFL in 2013 with an embarrassing -23.2 rating for the season. That’s pretty rough.

Then again, it could have been the Raiders being the Raiders and ruining their young players ability to get the job done as we’ll see from the quotable.


When Ross earned back his starting safety spot in 2014, he was asked about that terrible 2013 season.

“I have another year under my belt and my experience will help. I’m ready to step up. I wasn’t doing too much this time around,” Ross said. “Last year I was asked to play a lot of different positions and I was asked do things I wasn’t accustomed to doing. My body wasn’t ready for it. Mentally, it was tough. This time around, it’s very simple for me.”

Roster status

John Elway went and drafted two more safety’s and that likely means Ross will be looking for employment again in late August. Before Justin Simmons and Will Parks joined the roster, Ross’ chances of making the final roster were quite good. Now, they are quite bad.

He will need to seriously beat out incumbent Shiloh Keo to earn that final safety spot, but it is a long road for Ross. He will need to have a fantastic training camp and preseason to earn enough notice to overcome Keo on the depth chart.