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Broncos roster 2017: Lorenzo Doss

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Still one of the youngest members of the team, Lorenzo Doss is only one year away from his contract year.

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Lorenzo Doss is the reason that Trevor Siemian was the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos in 2016.

Stick with me, I've got a bit of explaining to do, but I will be quick.

Name: Lorenzo Doss
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11" Weight: 187
Age: 23 Experience: 3rd
College: Tulane

I bet that you thought that Siemian was internally named the Broncos starting quarterback back in March 2016, because Gary Kubiak caught the Northwestern vs. Notre Dame game back when he was with the Baltimore Ravens and fell in love.

Nope.

You will remember that for some time last offseason it seemed as if Denver's starting quarterback was going to be either Mark Sanchez, Colin Kaepernick and either Siemian or possibly Brian Hoyer. Sanchez was signed almost immediately and while John Elway and Co. had both Kaepernick and Hoyer in for visits neither of them signed. Once Paxton Lynch was drafted, all of them became afterthoughts and it seemed as if the job would be Sanchez's to lose.

Then Sanchez met the Broncos 2015 5th round sprinter out of Tulane-- Lorenzo Doss. Doss made Sanchez his worst enemy, picking him off twice some days. And nabbing five interceptions in eight days, Doss became the reason that Sanchez was off the team two months after Sanchez first put on a helmet donning that violent bronco with the orange eyes.

The Good

Doss finished last season as the third-youngest player on the team, even this season he is younger than 17 of the draft picks and college free agents having just turned 23 in April of this year. I've mentioned that Doss was a college sprinter, but he's no slouch in any of the departments that you'd like a member of the #NoFlyZone to be qualified in. 

Intelligence- check. Speed- check. Ability to play run and pass- check. Leaping ability- check, check. With Kayvon Webster off to greener pastures and Denver having no fear in re-upping with another corner in the draft this season Doss will have to shine again in training and that could put one or two guys out of a job.


The Bad

Well, the bad news for Siemian seems to be that Doss has apparently moved on from Sanchez and pointed his insatiable yearning for interceptions directly at last season's starter. Gulp.

As young and agile as Doss was last season, he sputtered back to earth after picking off Chicago Bears eventual starting quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first week of preseason. In week 4 of last preseason in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Doss would have a rough outing matching up against the Cardinals' Jaxon Shipley.

If you've heard worse than that on Doss, I'd say stick that phallacy in your ear.

Quotable

"Doss is just a ball hog. Doss is always around the ball. He may get beat but he might still come out with a pick. It’s a win-lose with Doss," Chris Harris Jr., May 29th, 2017.

Status

Denver has themselves in quite the situation. See, in 2018, Aqib Talib is scheduled to make $12M, Chris Harris is scheduled to make $10.36M and Bradley Roby? He's scheduled to make a little more than $8.525M with his fifth-year option being exercised. I did not go to Math school, but that's close to $31M on three players and only two of them are superstars at this point.

That cap figure could make Talib expendable, which would open a starting spot for Doss just in time to put-up or shut-up for his contract season.

His future's so bright, I've gotta throw shade.