According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Denver Broncos have waived defensive lineman Jonathon Harris to make room for DB Mike Ford and RB Nate McCrary. The team is also planning on releasing or trading veteran running back Royce Freeman as well.
After claiming two players off waivers, the #Broncos cleared one spot by waiving DL Jonathan Harris, per source. Big body with upside. One to watch in Round 2 of waivers.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2021
The 6’5”, 295lb defensive lineman who has played two seasons in the NFL, all with the Broncos. He has appeared in five games during his career and has 7 total tackles during the span. He was fighting for a roster spot this offseason and was a surprise addition to the 53-man roster.
Now, the Broncos will risk him to waivers, but I expect them to bring him back to the practice squad if he is able to clear waivers.
Just yesterday, Head Coach Vic Fangio called Harris a hard worker, really tough, and very coachable.
“Jonathan is a hard worker—really tough, really coachable. He’s going to do things the way you tell him to do it. He just loves playing football, and he’s the really tough defensive lineman that’s good at grinding it out in there.”
This sounds like the type of depth player they would like to keep around if/when injuries occur along the defensive line. i think the odds of him clearing waivers are good, but with a few Vic Fangio pupils out there, we could see them poach a few of the Broncos who enter the waiver pool.