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Given uncertainties on the line plus planning for covid outbreaks makes this a good idea, The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider tells Broncos Country Tonight.

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The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider joined Broncos Country Tonight to talk about the Broncos and his 53-man roster projection, one of the main tenets being a 10-deep offensive line.

Concerns of a potential covid-19 outbreak on the team as well as uncertainty along the line at various positions led Kosmider to give that group more wiggle room.

“If you have a situation where that room, or that side of the line all have covid, you’ll need reinforcements,” Kosmider told Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright, adding that concerns about health among some players plus starting ability for others is equally concerning. “Ju’Wuan James has to show that he can be healthy. We don’t know what the center battle is going to look like right away.”

Kosmider’s 10 linemen included Garett Bolles, Ju’Wuan James, Elijah Wilkinson, Calvin Anderson at tackle; Dalton Risner, Graham Glasgow, Netane Muti at guard; Lloyd Cushenberry, Austin Schlottman, Patrick Morris at center/flex.

Although the practice squad will be a place to stash potential replacements, if there’s ever a unit to stack up some depth for this Broncos’ team, it probably is the offensive line.

“The depth at this point is going to be a big part of it,” Kosmider added. “There’s a lot they need to figure out there.”

Kosmider told the crew that his “surprise keep” for the roster would probably be his choice to put undrafted safety Douglas Coleman on the list. Although the Broncos have a history of turning out starters from their UDFAs, this year could be a little tougher without OTAs, without preseason games.

Still, Kosmider believes the Broncos really like the Texas Tech safety.

“Looking at what he was able to do at Texas Tech, I think they’re high on him,” Kosmider said. “And at that position, behind Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons, there’s not a ton of depth there.”

Kosmider’s “surprise cut” may not be a surprise to many as he chose one of the only remaining players from the 2017 draft class.

“John Elway has already shown the door to many members of that 2017 draft class, and you’d think his second-round status would give [Walker] a chance,” Kosmider said, “but with what they’ve added there - mainly Jurrell Casey - I think there’s more depth there than he can overcome.”

In the cornerback room, Kosmider predicts the Broncos will keep six on the roster - including A.J. Bouye, Michael Ojemudia, Bryce Callahan, De’Vante Bausby, Issac Yiadom, Essang Bassey - putting Bassey in over Davontae Harris.

“One of the guys at the top of the signing bonus charts, a guy who will give you more athleticism on the outside,” Kosmider said, adding that the last spots on the cornerback position “could really go either way.”

Another battle that could go either way will be for the third running back position. Since Pat Shurmur doesn’t use the third back all that much, Kosmider doesn’t see the Broncos keeping four, and while the rookie LeVante Bellamy could compete for that spot, Kosmider believes he’ll probably go to the practice squad and Royce Freeman will hold onto the third running back spot.

“They’re obviously high on Bellamy (based on signing bonuses),” Kosmider added. “I just think Bellamy will have a good shot but think he’ll be more of a practice squad guy.”

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Bassey or Harris - Who makes the sixth CB spot?

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  • 53%
    Essang Bassey
    (311 votes)
  • 36%
    Davontae Harris
    (212 votes)
  • 9%
    "Shasta" (a different option)
    (58 votes)
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