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BowlenBall 05-17-2013 05:01 AM

Projecting the 53-Man Roster
 
Now is the long, dark nighttime of our football soul -- the draft is finished, and training camp is nearly three months away. So, just for something to do, here's my 3rd annual stab at the 53-man opening day roster:

Quarterbacks
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 3
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: This is the strongest QB lineup the Broncos have had since Elway and Kubes played together, IMO. Elway has done a masterful job of taking us from the disastrous Tebow/Quinn pairing to this in just over one calendar year. The only thing that prevents this from being an A or an A+ is Manning's advanced age and the lack of seasoning with Osweiler (he's probably not ready to save our season yet if Manning goes down). Very happy with this group.

Locks
Peyton Manning
Brock Osweiler
Zac Dysert

Camp Fodder
Ryan Katz


Running Backs
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 4
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 5
Positional Grade: B+
Positional Analysis: The running back corps clearly has John Fox's signature all over it -- great depth, with even the 3rd or 4th option being able to carry the load for a game or two if needed. Recent draft choices Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are untouchable, and Moreno showed well enough at the end of last season to probably come back for the last year on his contract. Hester may make the team as the only dedicated fullback (but that's no sure thing), and if we keep 5, then McGahee may get to hang around for one more year. The good news? Cockroach-like Lance Ball is finally purged from the roster.

Locks
Montee Ball
Ronnie Hillman

On the bubble
Knowshon Moreno
Jacob Hester
Willis McGahee
Mario Fannin

Camp Fodder
Jeremiah Johnson
C.J. Anderson
Lance Ball



Wide Receivers
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 5
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 5
Positional Grade: A+
Positional Analysis: Maybe I'm a homer, but I think this is the best WR lineup in the NFL in 2013, bar none. Can you name another team that has 3 legitimate pro bowl candidates on their roster? Holliday is also a lock to make the team as the dedicated kick/punt returner, and will serve as the de facto emergency 6th receiver. So, we'll probably end up keeping two of the four "on the bubble" receivers as well (most likely King and Caldwell, but either Orton or Robinson could surprise).

Locks
Demaryius Thomas
Eric Decker
Wes Welker
Trindon Holliday

On the bubble
Tavarres King
Andre Caldwell
Gerell Robinson
Greg Orton

Camp Fodder
Quincy McDuffie
Lamarr Thomas
Kemonte' Bateman



Tight Ends
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 4
Positional Grade: B+
Positional Analysis: No pro bowlers in this group, but lots of good, solid depth. It's now or never time for Julius Thomas -- Lucas Reed is actually more physically gifted than he is, and if he flashes in camp, they may finally cut bait on the former basketball player. Hard to tell if they keep 3 TEs or 4 this year, as it's a numbers game with the other positions on the roster.

Locks
Jacob Tamme
Joel Dreesen
Virgil Green

On the bubble
Julius Thomas
Lucas Reed



Offensive Linemen
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 9
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 8
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: I think we end up keeping 8 from this group, as Painter and Blake have the size and strength to swing between several positions (Blake at C/G and Painter at G/T). This may unfortunately be the year that OM favorite Chris Kuper goes, due to his injury history and high salary, but I personally hope not.

Locks
Ryan Clady
Orlando Franklin
Zane Beadles
Louis Vasquez
J.D. Walton

On the bubble
Chris Kuper
Vinston Painter
Phillip Blake
Manny Ramirez
C.J. Davis
Chris Clark
Ben Garland (not a mistake, he's been moved to OL)

Camp Fodder
Manase Foketi
Quinten Saulsberry
Justin Boren
Paul Cornick


Defensive Linemen
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 10
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 9
Positional Grade: B+
Positional Analysis: This is the best shape our DL has been in years! A big, strong, versatile group -- again, no all-pros here (unless Williams ends up blowing our minds), but 4-5 of these guys are above average starters in the NFL, which is more than you can ask for, really. The last 2 to 3 positions for DL are the most interesting -- Will Beal finally make the team outright? Will fan favorite Unrein survive another year? Will Smith be healthy enough, or will they stash him on IR? Lots of different scenarios here.

Locks
Sylvester Williams
Derek Wolfe
Robert Ayers
Terrance Knighton

On the bubble
Kevin Vickerson
Malik Jackson
Quanterus Smith (probable IR candidate)
Mitch Unrein
Jeremy Beal
Sealver Siliga

Camp Fodder
Romney Fuga
John Youboty
Lanston Tanyi



Linebackers
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 7
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 7
Positional Grade: B
Positional Analysis: Our strong-side and weak-side linebackers look great, but our MLB/ILB group is extremely weak (possibly the worst in the league). The hope here is that Stewart Bradley regains some of the form that led to that big contract he received from the Cardinals a few years ago. It's a make or break year for Irving in particular, who has 17 combined tackles in two years. In any case, the inside linebacking spot will be the achilles heel of our defense, just as it was last year.

Locks
Von Miller
Shaun Phillips
Wesley Woodyard
Danny Trevathan

On the bubble
Stewart Bradley
Nate Irving
Steven Johnson
Joe Mays
Lerentee McCray

Camp Fodder
Damien Holmes
Uona Kaveinga



Cornerbacks
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 5
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 5
Positional Grade: B-
Positional Analysis: Sadly, we're now at the stage where Champ Bailey will be showing diminishing returns every year. While he's probably still an above-average starter in the league, he's certainly not a lock-down corner any more, and probably can't be counted on to take out the opposing team's best receiver all by himself on a week to week basis. The good news is that Chris Harris is a stud daddy (especially covering in the slot), and Rodgers-Cromartie could also surprise in a contract year. While we carried 5 corners in both 2011 and 2012, I think that we'll probably carry 6 next year, as Kayvon Webster has the capability to play safety if needed. A good, solid group.

Locks
Chris Harris
Champ Bailey
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Kayvon Webster

On the bubble
Tony Carter
Omar Bolden

Camp Fodder
Aaron Hester
Mario Butler



Safeties
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 4
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 4
Positional Grade: C-
Positional Analysis: Easily the worst unit on the roster, safety is an area of concern for this team (which is why Woodson was in for a visit a few days ago). Raheem Moore will certainly start at FS, but does anyone feel THAT confident about him after the Ravens game? Quinton Carter showed flashes at SS his rookie year, but again, who knows if he can come back from his injury and his bizarre Vegas incident. Behind them, the depth is spotty at best. Praying to God that we sign Woodson (and I'm an atheist).....

Locks
Raheem Moore
Quinton Carter

On the bubble
David Bruton
Mike Adams
Duke Ihenacho

Camp Fodder
Blake Gideon
Ross Rasner



Specialists
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 3
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: Love this group (although Prater had some rough patches last year). Brewer was the surprise in 2012, beating out veteran Lonnie Paxton for the LS spot, and ended up playing a flawless season, without a single bobbled snap. If you're buying a Broncos jersey, you might think about getting his, as he'll be with this team for a looooooooong time if his rookie season is any indication.

Locks
Matt Prater
Britton Colquitt
Aaron Brewer

Camp Fodder
Ryan Doerr



Final Projected 53-Man Roster

QB: Manning / Osweiler / Dysert
RB: Montee Ball / Hillman / Moreno / Hester
WR: D. Thomas / Caldwell
WR: Decker / King
WR: Welker / Holliday
TE: Tamme / Dreesen / Green / Reed
LT: Clady / Painter
LG: Beadles
OC: Walton / Blake
RG: Vasquez / Kuper
RT: Franklin

DT: S. Williams / Vickerson
DE: Wolfe / M. Jackson
DE: Ayers / Q. Smith
DT: Knighton / Unrein
SLB: Miller / Phillips
MLB: Bradley / Irving / Johnson
WLB: Woodyard / Trevathan
CB: Bailey / Bolden / Webster
CB: Rodgers-Cromartie / C. Harris / T. Carter
FS: Moore / Bruton
SS: Q. Carter / Adams

K: Prater
P: Colquitt
LS: Brewer

Practice Squad

1. QB Ryan Katz (or a QB cut from another team's roster)
2. RB C.J. Anderson
3. WR Gerell Robinson
4. WR Quincy McDuffie
5. OG Manase Foketi
6. OG/OC Quentin Saulsberry
7. LB Lerentee McCray
8. S Duke Ihenacho

Mat'hir Uth Gan 05-17-2013 05:59 AM

Pretty good. The only thing I disagree with offhand is Bruton not being a lock, since he just signed a new contract with us, and Quinton Carter being a lock. I'd probably switch those two.

BroncoInferno 05-17-2013 06:05 AM

Kevin Vickerson is a lock.

Man-Goblin 05-17-2013 06:10 AM

Dysert could end up on the PS. Also, never, ever underestimate the jedi mind tricks Lance Ball can pull.

Vegas_Bronco 05-17-2013 06:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Man-Goblin (Post 3848859)
Dysert could end up on the PS. Also, never, ever underestimate the jedi mind tricks Lance Ball can pull.

RB position will be a good watch at training camp. I would love to see McBadknee, hillman, and Mball as our rotating 3. Ronnie will be in the fight of his life this year, if he doesn't show major potential, he could be slated as replacable.

Baba Booey 05-17-2013 06:37 AM

Just went through it and I've got the same 53 as you. I'd agree that Big Vick is a lock as well but I can't complain considering he made your team anyway.

Traveler 05-17-2013 07:09 AM

Might as well put King as a lock too.

orange crusher 05-17-2013 04:07 PM

McGahee in Moreno out.

UberBroncoMan 05-17-2013 04:32 PM

Moore as the SS and Adams as the FS?

Also, we don't run with an MLB that often. If our defense was MLB centric last season we would have been in trouble. 2/3 of our snaps are in Nickle. There's no reason to carry three MLB unless it's for ST. Other than that I'd dump Hester.

Nice list overall though.

Lestat 05-17-2013 04:35 PM

King,Bruton & Irving are locks to make it. King is likely the #4 WR, Bruton is our best ST player outside of Holliday & Irving is the de facto starting MLB right now.
i don't believe Vickerson nor Bolden are on the bubble.

Hamrob 05-17-2013 04:43 PM

Good job!

Vick and Bruton are locks.
Dysert and Trevathon are not locks.

Dysert will need to show that he can play in the preseason or he risks being cut and Trevathon needs to have another good camp in my opinion. I also think that J. Thomas makes the squad...and I like Reed...but, Thomas knows the system. I'm not sure we cut Magahee...he's a leader. Lastly, I think we will sign 2-3 vets like we did last year.

But, overall I think your final 53 is going to be close.

UltimateHoboW/Shotgun 05-17-2013 08:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BowlenBall (Post 3848844)
Now is the long, dark nighttime of our football soul -- the draft is finished, and training camp is nearly three months away. So, just for something to do, here's my 3rd annual stab at the 53-man opening day roster:

Quarterbacks
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 3
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: This is the strongest QB lineup the Broncos have had since Elway and Kubes played together, IMO. Elway has done a masterful job of taking us from the disastrous Tebow/Quinn pairing to this in just over one calendar year. The only thing that prevents this from being an A or an A+ is Manning's advanced age and the lack of seasoning with Osweiler (he's probably not ready to save our season yet if Manning goes down). Very happy with this group.

Locks
Peyton Manning
Brock Osweiler
Zac Dysert

Camp Fodder
Ryan Katz


Running Backs
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 4
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 5
Positional Grade: B+
Positional Analysis: The running back corps clearly has John Fox's signature all over it -- great depth, with even the 3rd or 4th option being able to carry the load for a game or two if needed. Recent draft choices Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are untouchable, and Moreno showed well enough at the end of last season to probably come back for the last year on his contract. Hester may make the team as the only dedicated fullback (but that's no sure thing), and if we keep 5, then McGahee may get to hang around for one more year. The good news? Cockroach-like Lance Ball is finally purged from the roster.

Locks
Montee Ball
Ronnie Hillman

On the bubble
Knowshon Moreno
Jacob Hester
Willis McGahee
Mario Fannin

Camp Fodder
Jeremiah Johnson
C.J. Anderson
Lance Ball



Wide Receivers
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 5
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 5
Positional Grade: A+
Positional Analysis: Maybe I'm a homer, but I think this is the best WR lineup in the NFL in 2013, bar none. Can you name another team that has 3 legitimate pro bowl candidates on their roster? Holliday is also a lock to make the team as the dedicated kick/punt returner, and will serve as the de facto emergency 6th receiver. So, we'll probably end up keeping two of the four "on the bubble" receivers as well (most likely King and Caldwell, but either Orton or Robinson could surprise).

Locks
Demaryius Thomas
Eric Decker
Wes Welker
Trindon Holliday

On the bubble
Tavarres King
Andre Caldwell
Gerell Robinson
Greg Orton

Camp Fodder
Quincy McDuffie
Lamarr Thomas
Kemonte' Bateman



Tight Ends
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 4
Positional Grade: B+
Positional Analysis: No pro bowlers in this group, but lots of good, solid depth. It's now or never time for Julius Thomas -- Lucas Reed is actually more physically gifted than he is, and if he flashes in camp, they may finally cut bait on the former basketball player. Hard to tell if they keep 3 TEs or 4 this year, as it's a numbers game with the other positions on the roster.

Locks
Jacob Tamme
Joel Dreesen
Virgil Green

On the bubble
Julius Thomas
Lucas Reed



Offensive Linemen
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 9
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 8
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: I think we end up keeping 8 from this group, as Painter and Blake have the size and strength to swing between several positions (Blake at C/G and Painter at G/T). This may unfortunately be the year that OM favorite Chris Kuper goes, due to his injury history and high salary, but I personally hope not.

Locks
Ryan Clady
Orlando Franklin
Zane Beadles
Louis Vasquez
J.D. Walton

On the bubble
Chris Kuper
Vinston Painter
Phillip Blake
Manny Ramirez
C.J. Davis
Chris Clark
Ben Garland (not a mistake, he's been moved to OL)

Camp Fodder
Manase Foketi
Quinten Saulsberry
Justin Boren
Paul Cornick


Defensive Linemen
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 10
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 9
Positional Grade: B+
Positional Analysis: This is the best shape our DL has been in years! A big, strong, versatile group -- again, no all-pros here (unless Williams ends up blowing our minds), but 4-5 of these guys are above average starters in the NFL, which is more than you can ask for, really. The last 2 to 3 positions for DL are the most interesting -- Will Beal finally make the team outright? Will fan favorite Unrein survive another year? Will Smith be healthy enough, or will they stash him on IR? Lots of different scenarios here.

Locks
Sylvester Williams
Derek Wolfe
Robert Ayers
Terrance Knighton

On the bubble
Kevin Vickerson
Malik Jackson
Quanterus Smith (probable IR candidate)
Mitch Unrein
Jeremy Beal
Sealver Siliga

Camp Fodder
Romney Fuga
John Youboty
Lanston Tanyi



Linebackers
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 7
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 7
Positional Grade: B
Positional Analysis: Our strong-side and weak-side linebackers look great, but our MLB/ILB group is extremely weak (possibly the worst in the league). The hope here is that Stewart Bradley regains some of the form that led to that big contract he received from the Cardinals a few years ago. It's a make or break year for Irving in particular, who has 17 combined tackles in two years. In any case, the inside linebacking spot will be the achilles heel of our defense, just as it was last year.

Locks
Von Miller
Shaun Phillips
Wesley Woodyard
Danny Trevathan

On the bubble
Stewart Bradley
Nate Irving
Steven Johnson
Joe Mays
Lerentee McCray

Camp Fodder
Damien Holmes
Uona Kaveinga



Cornerbacks
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 5
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 5
Positional Grade: B-
Positional Analysis: Sadly, we're now at the stage where Champ Bailey will be showing diminishing returns every year. While he's probably still an above-average starter in the league, he's certainly not a lock-down corner any more, and probably can't be counted on to take out the opposing team's best receiver all by himself on a week to week basis. The good news is that Chris Harris is a stud daddy (especially covering in the slot), and Rodgers-Cromartie could also surprise in a contract year. While we carried 5 corners in both 2011 and 2012, I think that we'll probably carry 6 next year, as Kayvon Webster has the capability to play safety if needed. A good, solid group.

Locks
Chris Harris
Champ Bailey
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Kayvon Webster

On the bubble
Tony Carter
Omar Bolden

Camp Fodder
Aaron Hester
Mario Butler



Safeties
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 4
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 4
Positional Grade: C-
Positional Analysis: Easily the worst unit on the roster, safety is an area of concern for this team (which is why Woodson was in for a visit a few days ago). Raheem Moore will certainly start at FS, but does anyone feel THAT confident about him after the Ravens game? Quinton Carter showed flashes at SS his rookie year, but again, who knows if he can come back from his injury and his bizarre Vegas incident. Behind them, the depth is spotty at best. Praying to God that we sign Woodson (and I'm an atheist).....

Locks
Raheem Moore
Quinton Carter

On the bubble
David Bruton
Mike Adams
Duke Ihenacho

Camp Fodder
Blake Gideon
Ross Rasner



Specialists
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 3
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: Love this group (although Prater had some rough patches last year). Brewer was the surprise in 2012, beating out veteran Lonnie Paxton for the LS spot, and ended up playing a flawless season, without a single bobbled snap. If you're buying a Broncos jersey, you might think about getting his, as he'll be with this team for a looooooooong time if his rookie season is any indication.

Locks
Matt Prater
Britton Colquitt
Aaron Brewer



Final Projected 53-Man Roster

QB: Manning / Osweiler / Dysert
RB: Montee Ball / Hillman / Moreno / Hester
WR: D. Thomas / Caldwell
WR: Decker / King
WR: Welker / Holliday
TE: Tamme / Dreesen / Green / Reed
LT: Clady / Painter
LG: Beadles
OC: Walton / Blake
RG: Vasquez / Kuper
RT: Franklin

DT: S. Williams / Vickerson
DE: Wolfe / M. Jackson
DE: Ayers / Q. Smith
DT: Knighton / Unrein
SLB: Miller / Phillips
MLB: Bradley / Irving / Johnson
WLB: Woodyard / Trevathan
CB: Bailey / Bolden / Webster
CB: Rodgers-Cromartie / C. Harris / T. Carter
SS: Moore / Bruton
FS: Q. Carter / Adams

K: Prater
P: Colquitt
LS: Brewer

Practice Squad

1. QB Ryan Katz (or a QB cut from another team's roster)
2. RB C.J. Anderson
3. WR Gerell Robinson
4. WR Quincy McDuffie
5. OG Manase Foketi
6. OG/OC Quentin Saulsberry
7. LB Lerentee McCray
8. S Duke Ihenacho

Not that I agree with every pick and analysis, but Rep!

BowlenBall 05-17-2013 09:29 PM

Whoops! I left punter Ryan Doerr off of the original list (not that he has a chance in hell of making the roster, but still....)

BowlenBall 05-17-2013 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UberBroncoMan (Post 3849096)
Moore as the SS and Adams as the FS?

Also, we don't run with an MLB that often. If our defense was MLB centric last season we would have been in trouble. 2/3 of our snaps are in Nickle. There's no reason to carry three MLB unless it's for ST. Other than that I'd dump Hester.

Nice list overall though.

Nice catch on the safeties, I accidentally transposed them (fixed in OP now).

I went with 3 MLBs for special teams reasons, and for the fact that Irving played both inside and at the strong side last year, making him the primary backup for both positions.

As for Hester -- the Broncos have carried one dedicated fullback in both years of the John Fox era, so I'm guessing they'll do the same in 2013. He also adds more special teams value than McGahee, who I don't see making the team this year.

DBroncos4life 05-17-2013 09:38 PM

I can't believe you have Thomas making the team. He is slow and not a very good WR.

pricejj 05-17-2013 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DBroncos4life (Post 3849170)
I can't believe you have Thomas making the team. He is slow and not a very good WR.

Champ Bailey sent a text to Brandon Chrystal (radio host) today answering the question: Who's better DT or Bowe?

Champ says Bowe.

05-17-2013 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pricejj (Post 3849177)
Champ Bailey sent a text to Brandon Chrystal (radio host) today answering the question: Who's better DT or Bowe?

Champ says Bowe.

And the rest of the nfl agrees since DT was ranked 2 spots lower (worse) on the top 100 but from a fans perspective its tough to be really high on bowe, all I think about is the alligator arms vs Pitt and his saliva covered mouth doing interviews.

pricejj 05-17-2013 10:57 PM

Last year Champ rated DT #12 overall NFL WR's.

Now, Champ rates DT #9 overall NFL WR's (as per text today to BK 104.3)

cmhargrove 05-18-2013 05:41 AM

Nice work on the original post. Good thought, excellent write up.

Big Vick is a lock, as is Tavarres King. In that WR group, I'm not sold on Robinson's ability to get separation in the nfl, and don't think he will ever be starting material (barring unforeseen injuries). However, I love me some Quincy McDuffie. I know we already have our quick playmakers with Welker and Holliday, but I think McDuffie has a legit shot at being an nfl starter (even if it's not for the Broncos). He's going to be the kid I cheer for in training camp and preseason.

We keep dancing around the O-line discussion and it may be the most important question in training camp. If Kuper is healthy, who is the odd man out? Also, between Vasquez, Kupe, and Beadles who plays LG, who plays RG? You have to believe that Beadles is a prototype "Gibbs guy" with his open field speed, but Kuper has been a significantly better in-line blocker when healthy. Regardless of all our other discussions, the success of the Peyton-Broncos lies in the hands of the O-line. The nice thing here is that we have depth and choices to make.

Lestat 05-18-2013 11:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pricejj (Post 3849182)
Last year Champ rated DT #12 overall NFL WR's.

Now, Champ rates DT #9 overall NFL WR's (as per text today to BK 104.3)

that's about right. he has to have another big season to leap up into that top 5 of WR's. even then people will swear it's the Manning effect.

Mogulseeker 05-18-2013 12:33 PM

Here's my current depth chart for the final 53:

FINAL 53

OFFENSE(24):
QB: Peyton Manning , Brock Osweiler, Zac Dysert (E)
RB: Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Willis McGahee
FB: Jacob Hester, Virgil Green

WR1: Eric Decker, Tavaras Knight, Trindon Holliday
WR2: Demariyus Thomas, Tavaras Knight, Trindon Holliday
WR3: Wes Welker, Trindon Holliday, Tavaras Knight
TE: Joel Dreesen, Jacob Tamme, Julius Thomas, Virgil Green

LT: Ryan Clady, Vinston Painter
LG: Zane Beadles, Manny Ramirez
C: JD Walton, Philip Blake
RG: Zane Beadles, Manny Ramirez
RT: Orlando Franklin, Vinston Painter
Total:24

DEFENSE(26):
RDE: Robert Ayers, Sean Philips, Jeremy Beal
NT: Terrance Knighton, Kevin Vickerson
UT: Sylvester Williams, Mitch Unrein
LDE: Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, Ben Garland

SAM: Von Miller, Sean Philips, Danny Trevathan
MIKE: Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, Bradley Stewart
WAM: Wesley Woodyard, Sean Philips, Danny Trevathan

CB1: Champ Bailey, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden
CB2: Dominique Cromartie, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden
CB3: Chris Harris, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden

FS: Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter, Kavon Webster
SS: Quinton Carter, David Bruton
Total: 26

SPECIAL TEAMS(3):
K: Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt
P: Britton Colquitt, Matt Prater
LS: Aaron Brewer
KR: Trindon Holliday, Ronnie Hillman
PR: Trindon Holliday, Omar Bolden

Practice Squad:
Gerell Robinson WR
Lamaar Thomas WR
Manase Foketi OT
Duke Inacheno S
Silvear Sillega DT

PUP:
Chris Kuper
Joe Mays
Quinteron Smith

Mogulseeker 05-18-2013 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BowlenBall (Post 3848844)
Specialists
# on roster in 2011 Week One: 3
# on roster in 2012 Week One: 3
Positional Grade: A-
Positional Analysis: Love this group (although Prater had some rough patches last year). Brewer was the surprise in 2012, beating out veteran Lonnie Paxton for the LS spot, and ended up playing a flawless season, without a single bobbled snap. If you're buying a Broncos jersey, you might think about getting his, as he'll be with this team for a looooooooong time if his rookie season is any indication.

You should probably just get a jersey with his number, and put "Kid Rock" on the name tape:

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=...ng&w=350&h=254

I think Brewer's performance has shown that he is a good LS, but I doubt that he will ever have value as a depth player at another position due to his super-skinny, tall and lanky frame at 6'5" 220.

Mogulseeker 05-18-2013 12:56 PM

Also, Quinton Carter starts at SS this year if we don't get Woodson.

I was really impressed with his rookie showing.

I though Webster was a reach, but I can see the reasoning in the pick in that he can tween positions. If Champ is to move to safety, which I think should be happening next - if not this - year, then Webster can step up in the big nickel/dime back role to cover TE's after a year as a depth player at both safety and corner.

I still think the Broncos should probably go corner in the 1st round of next year's draft.

Mogulseeker 05-18-2013 12:59 PM

I'm also not ready to discount the Broncos at MLB, if only for the fact that we haven't really seen Nate Irving play. He came on the team injured his rookie year, which I don't think counts, as it was a learning year... so last year was really his rookie year, playing for a coach that prefers veterans almost to a fault.

Irving could still bust for all I know, but I'll reserve judgement... especially since the Broncos coaches seem to like him.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BowlenBall (Post 3849169)
Nice catch on the safeties, I accidentally transposed them (fixed in OP now).

I went with 3 MLBs for special teams reasons, and for the fact that Irving played both inside and at the strong side last year, making him the primary backup for both positions.

As for Hester -- the Broncos have carried one dedicated fullback in both years of the John Fox era, so I'm guessing they'll do the same in 2013. He also adds more special teams value than McGahee, who I don't see making the team this year.

Jacob Hester will make the team, not only since we need to have a designated FB, but he has special teams value. Last year, the Broncos hardly ever ran out of the I formation... but Hester will be nice to have for 4th and inches.

Besides, he's actually a pretty good fullback.

BowlenBall 05-18-2013 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Swedish Extrovert (Post 3849293)
Here's my current depth chart for the final 53:

FINAL 53

OFFENSE(24):
QB: Peyton Manning , Brock Osweiler, Zac Dysert (E)
RB: Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Willis McGahee
FB: Jacob Hester, Virgil Green

WR1: Eric Decker, Tavaras Knight, Trindon Holliday
WR2: Demariyus Thomas, Tavaras Knight, Trindon Holliday
WR3: Wes Welker, Trindon Holliday, Tavaras Knight
TE: Joel Dreesen, Jacob Tamme, Julius Thomas, Virgil Green

LT: Ryan Clady, Vinston Painter
LG: Zane Beadles, Manny Ramirez
C: JD Walton, Philip Blake
RG: Zane Beadles, Manny Ramirez
RT: Orlando Franklin, Vinston Painter
Total:24

DEFENSE(26):
RDE: Robert Ayers, Sean Philips, Jeremy Beal
NT: Terrance Knighton, Kevin Vickerson
UT: Sylvester Williams, Mitch Unrein
LDE: Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, Ben Garland

SAM: Von Miller, Sean Philips, Danny Trevathan
MIKE: Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, Bradley Stewart
WAM: Wesley Woodyard, Sean Philips, Danny Trevathan

CB1: Champ Bailey, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden
CB2: Dominique Cromartie, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden
CB3: Chris Harris, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden

FS: Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter, Kavon Webster
SS: Quinton Carter, David Bruton
Total: 26

SPECIAL TEAMS(3):
K: Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt
P: Britton Colquitt, Matt Prater
LS: Aaron Brewer
KR: Trindon Holliday, Ronnie Hillman
PR: Trindon Holliday, Omar Bolden

Practice Squad:
Gerell Robinson WR
Lamaar Thomas WR
Manase Foketi OT
Duke Inacheno S
Silvear Sillega DT

PUP:
Chris Kuper
Joe Mays
Quinteron Smith

Zane Beadles is good, but probably not good enough to play both guard spots simultaneously....


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