Every year around this time (post-OTA’s) one of us takes a stab at projecting the final 53-man roster for the Denver Broncos. Naturally, I thought this would be a easy exercise. Nope!
I ended up with 26 players on offense to just 24 on defense, but that decision came down to which unit needs more help. I think the Broncos keep three quarterbacks and though Jake Butt will start on the PUP list, I think he is on this 53-man active roster at some point this year. And probably sooner rather than later
Broncos 53-man roster projection
|Quarterbacks||Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Chad Kelly|
|Running Backs||C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, Devontae Booker, De'Angelo Henderson, Andy Janovich|
|Wide Receivers||Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Carlos Henderson, Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer, Isaiah McKenzie|
|Tight Ends||Jeff Heuerman, Virgil Green, A.J. Derby, Jake Butt|
|Offensive Linemen||Matt Paradis, Menelik Watson, Ron Leary, Garett Bolles, Max Garcia, Michael Schofield, Connor McGovern, Donald Stephenson|
|Defensive Linemen||Derek Wolfe, Adam Gotsis, Domata Peko, Zach Kerr, DeMarcus Walker, Kyle Peko|
|Edge||Von Miller, Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett, Vontarrius Dora|
|Inside Linebackers||Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, Zaire Anderson, Corey Nelson|
|Cornerbacks||Chris Harris Jr, Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby, Brendan Langley, Lorenzo Doss, Chris Lewis-Harris|
|Safeties||T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons, Will Parks|
|Special Teams||Brandon McManus, Riley Dixon, Casey Kreiter|
The big decision came down to bubble guys. Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive had a good discussion on players on this roster who will be on that bubble today.
The biggest bubble guys for me are Jordan Taylor. He’s a fan favorite, but the Broncos invested heavily in the wide receiver position and he could end up being the odd man out here.
Another bubble guy is Ty Sambrailo. The Broncos have tried really hard to make him better, but it doesn’t seem like its going to happen. They should finally move on and give his roster spot to someone who can contribute at another position.
Who do you think might be on the bubble?