Good morning, Broncos Country.
If you are a player who has been notified they don’t have to suit up for the final preseason game, dollars to donuts you have made the final roster. Congratulations! You’re officially a member of the Denver Broncos for the 2018 season. For those who haven’t been given that relief, it’s now time to focus all your efforts on Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Don’t leave anything on the field and give it your all — because for many — it’ll be the last time you have the opportunity to show you belong in the National Football League.
In the not so long ago, there used to be two rounds of roster cuts to dwindle down to the final 53 man roster. With a rule change last year, now there is only one. That makes for an extremely chaotic few days, considering teams have to have their rosters finalized by 4:00 PM (EST) on September 1. That’s something Head Coach Vance Joseph can relate to, considering he was on the “roster bubble” throughout his time in the league.
“This week is special because the entire roster is intact. So, as a young player, you get one more chance to prove you can play in this league. Back in my day, it was two cuts,” stated Joseph. “At this point, it was really guys who were going to make the practice squad or guys who can really play. But now, everyone has a chance who came into camp with us to play one more game and to play some meaningful snaps so they can prove they can play in this game,” he added.
This year’s roster has a ton of talent and without question, there are going to be some very tough decisions when it comes to who stays and who goes. Various reports have shown that multiple players will be highly-coveted if they were to be cut. This furthers the notion that this Broncos’ roster is one of the deepest we have seen in years.
Players who have been on past rosters such as Paxton Lynch, Zaire Anderson, Isaiah McKenzie, De’Angelo Henderson and Brendan Langley aren’t sure-fire bets to make the team. The same goes for several selections from this past draft like Keishawn Bierria, Troy Fumagalli, Sam Jones and Dave Williams — who face an upward battle to make the final roster — but are likely practice squad candidates. And if by chance a well-known veteran becomes available on the market after being cut from another team, you might even see more surprising moves made in the Mile High City. Though the players tying to make the roster can’t worry about the unknowns, they can only focus on themselves and play the best they can on Thursday night, because there are 31 other teams looking to find the right group of guys for the coming season.
“For some of these guys, it’s the most important football game they’ve played in their whole lives. If you don’t make it your first year in this league, it’s hard to make it your second year. It’s a huge game for our young guys,” remarked Joseph.
No matter what happens, all the bests to the players vying for a spot on the Broncos’ final roster — and continued success in all your endeavors — no matter where you go or what you do.
Be sure to stay tuned to Mile High Report all week long to get the best roster coverage around. We will have instant analysis on the Broncos’ final 53 man roster, along with Practice Squad news and updates on surprising cuts across the league starting on Friday morning. You won’t want to miss it!
As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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