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Broncos part ways with five offensive linemen — Barclay, Brendel, Bisnowaty, Crozier, Green

Broncos looking for guys with more versatility

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Barclay had a strong block on the Broncos’ first touchdown of the year, but has declined since.
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The Broncos have parted ways with Don Barclay, Jake Brendel, Adam Bisnowaty, Ryan Crozier, and Chaz Green, Mike Klis of 9News announced via Twitter.

With the way the Broncos’ eased Ronald Leary into action throughout training camp, Barclay saw a lot of first team reps at the beginning of the month. Looking back at it now, I suspect it had as much to do with the relative inexperience of the other backup lineman and Elijah Wilkinson repping at tackle than Barclay’s own performance.

Barclay’s strong play in the first quarter of the Broncos’ Hall of Fame game was the high point in his preseason.

Since that touchdown run by Devontae Jackson, things have gone quietly gone downhill for Barclay. I mentioned it in my film review after the game that I noticed he fell off after the touchdown run. In particular he struggled making an impact at the second level and holding up in pass protection.

Barclay’s had a solid NFL career after coming into the league as a free agent. But after stops with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Broncos, his career is at a crossroads.

The veteran will probably find a team to latch on to as reliable offensive lineman are in such short supply across the league, but he may have to wait while more promising long term solutions are scooped up.

With Brendel’s versatility along the line and good pass pro, he could be a good candidate for bringing back after the cuts are finalized.