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Denver Broncos roster review: Jonathan Harris

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Harris will have a big hill to climb to find regular playing time in Denver.

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Jonathan Harris
Defensive Lineman #92
Experience: 2 years
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 295 pounds
Age: 23
College: Lindenwood

It will be a difficult task for Jonathan Harris to find a spot on the Broncos 55-man roster in 2020. He joined Denver after the Broncos claimed him off of waivers from the Bears in 2019. He only factored into three games in 2019, and even then, made very little impact.

It will take a big push for Harris to crack the roster in 2020, and the competition might be even more difficult. With the Broncos drafting McTelvin Agim, signing Christian Covington, trading for Jurrell Casey, among other roster moves, Harris will likely be no more than a camp body.

The Good

If Harris wants to secure a roster spot, it will likely be as a special teamer. Even though he doesn’t crack many depth chart projections, special teams is a place where he could put together enough tape to show that he belongs. As a young player from a small school, it will be a great story if he can claw his way onto the roster.

Even if he doesn’t find his way onto the initial 55-man roster, there could be opportunities to get on the practice squad. From there, he could find himself in a position to shore up the depth at DL if the Broncos have to deal with any injuries.

Also, with potentially expanded rosters and practice squads due to COVID-19, Harris could be fortunate enough to stick on the roster just based on those increased roster numbers.

The Bad

After almost no impact in 2019, it doesn’t look like Harris is much more than a camp body. In his limited opportunities to make an impact in 2019, he just never popped. Without any big plays to point to or moments that stand out, Harris is a player that becomes expendable when it comes time to cut players.

The Final Word

The path to a roster spot includes leapfrogging too many players to feel confident in predicting Harris making it beyond the practice squad when it is all said and done. He sits at the bottom of the depth chart, and it will take more impact plays than he has produced in his short career to convince the coaching staff that he is worthy of a spot on the final roster.