Broncos Final Roster Deets

broncos 45The last major deadline before the start of the regular season is upon us. Today, the Denver Broncos made their roster moves and have their 53-man roster.

Firstly, here’s the full list of transactions.

RELEASED
Player                          Pos.
Lance Ball                    RB
C.J. Davis                     C/G
Jeremiah Johnson      RB
Ryan Lilja                    C/G
Jake O’Connell            TE

WAIVED
Player                          Pos.
Jeremy Beal                DE
Philip Blake                 C/G
Paul Cornick                 T
Romney Fuga              DT
Ben Garland                DT
Aaron Hester               CB
Damien Holmes          LB
Tavarres King             WR
Vinston Painter            T
Ross Rasner                 S
Gerell Robinson         WR
Lamaar Thomas         WR
John Youboty              DE

INJURED RESERVE
Player                            Pos.
Stewart Bradley           LB
Lerentee McCray         LB
Quanterus Smith         DE

RESERVE/ SUSPENDED
Player                            Pos.
Von Miller                     LB

Surprising Cut: RB Lance Ball. Definitely up for debate, but with the running back battle likely going to be won by default because of the inconsistency in the preseason, Lance could’ve been kept around as a safety-net of consistent play. And with Ball gone, Knowshon remains as the only back who can currently block for Peyton efficiently.

Glad to see sticking around: DB Quentin Jammer. With the secondary cause for concern with Champ’s injury and center for discussion due to likely lack of pass rush in Von’s absence, the Broncos kept eleven defensive backs on the roster including Jammer. Another debatable move by Denver, but glad to see a play-maker like Jammer staying in town. Play-making ability and versatility is something you just don’t let go, and Jammer brings both to the Broncos in case of injury. The secondary can now become a strong-suit with the depth.

After the final cuts and roster moves.. Ladies and gentlemen, your 53-man depth chart for the 2013-14 Denver Broncos.

Offense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
WR Demaryius Thomas Andre Caldwell
LT Ryan Clady Chris Clark
LG Zane Beadles Chris Kuper
C Manny Ramirez Steve Vallos
RG Louis Vasquez John Moffitt
RT Orlando Franklin Chris Clark
TE Julius Thomas Joel Dreessen Jacob Tamme Virgil Green
WR Eric Decker Trindon Holliday
WR Wes Welker Eric Decker
QB Peyton Manning Brock Osweiler Zac Dysert
RB Ronnie Hillman Montee Ball Knowshon Moreno Jacob Hester
C.J. Anderson

Defense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
LDE Derek Wolfe Malik Jackson
DT Kevin Vickerson Mitch Unrein
NT Terrance Knighton Sylvester Williams
RDE Robert Ayers Shaun Phillips
SLB Nate Irving Shaun Phillips
MLB Wesley Woodyard Paris Lenon
WLB Danny Trevathan Steven Johnson
LCB Champ Bailey Chris Harris Quentin Jammer
RCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Tony Carter Kayvon Webster
SS Duke Ihenacho Mike Adams
FS Rahim Moore David Bruton Omar Bolden

Specialists

Britton Colquitt (P)
Matt Prater (K)
Aaron Brewer (LS)

Final Thoughts

Offense looks good, of course. With the survival of Peyton, DT, Welker, and Decker through the preseason. Ronnie Hillman is listed as the starting running back, with Montee coming in second. Something that could easily switch around as the season progresses. Julius Thomas surprisingly listed as the No. 1 tight end. Not surprising if you watched training camp and preseason, but not something we could’ve expected with Tamme and Dreessen

It’s the defense where the questions lie. As noted before, the Broncos will carry eleven defensive backs into the regular season, which clearly makes us question the health of Champ Bailey. Duke Ihenacho starts ahead of Mike Adams at SS with his fantastic training camp and preseason, and Nate Irving gets the gig in place of Von’s vacant cleats ahead of Phillips and the injured Stewart Bradley.

What’s exciting: Seeing Derek Wolfe on the depth chart, period. After his injury scare, it’s nearly unfathomable to see him on the 53-man roster. A great story, especially because I expect him to bring so much more in his second season.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is the Founder, Administrator, Editor and Publisher of Lightning Rod Sports. Originally from California, Anthony has been raised in the Rocky Mountains and Denver area for most of his life. Anthony works with the Emmy-winning student-run T.V. newscast at MSU Denver, The Met Report, as the Assistant General Manager, formerly the Sports Producer, as well as Lead Anchor and Production Assistant. He is currently the Play-by-Play Announcer, Color Commentator, and Production Assistant for the Metro State Broadcast Network, and calls games for Metro State soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball as a “Voice of the Roadrunners.” In addition to that work with the Metro State Broadcast Network, Anthony also hosts the monthly 30-minute magazine show called "The Roadrunner Review" which airs on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. He hosts the bi-weekly "KMet Sports Show" on KMET Radio at MyMetMedia.com/KMETSportsShow. He is also the Founder, Administrator, Editor, and Columnist for his own Denver Sports website, LightningRodSports.com. Anthony is also part of the Social Media team at Examiner.com, and has worked with the Altitude Radio Network for the Avalanche and Nuggets. Anthony is a former Producer for Mile High Sports Radio, as well as a former Sports-Talk show host on the LightningRod Radio Network.

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