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  • Predicting Final Roster - Legwold's prediction

    Didn't see a final roster thread after the Dallas game, nor did I see this article on the first page of the mane or in a search.

    Legwold predicts as follows:

    Examining the Denver Broncos' roster:

    Quarterbacks (2)
    Peyton Manning
    Brock Osweiler
    The Broncos carried three here last season and thought enough of Zac Dysert to keep him despite a long list of injuries on defense that eventually saw five starters on injured reserve. Dysert played well in the preseason, but it continues to look like two is going to be the number here with Dysert set to get a spot on the practice squad.

    Running backs (4)
    Montee Ball
    Ronnie Hillman
    Juwan Thompson
    C.J. Anderson

    The Broncos kept five at this spot as recently as 2012, but with tight end Virgil Green's ability to play in a fullback role, four is the most logical total. Thompson continues to show he's a potential keeper and even lined up at fullback in the preseason finale. Kapri Bibbs closed strong with two touchdowns against the Cowboys, but he's more likely to be a practice squad guy.

    Receivers (5)
    Demaryius Thomas
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Wes Welker
    Cody Latimer
    Andre Caldwell

    Undrafted rookie Isaiah Burse tried to show he could make some impact on offense in the preseason finale with 66 yards receiving, but if the Broncos keep him, and there is a chance he did just enough to force that decision, it would be as returner. Welker, who suffered his third concussion since Nov. 17 against the Texans, did run some routes, catching passes, in pre-game warm-ups Saturday night.

    Tight ends (3)
    Julius Thomas
    Jacob Tamme
    Virgil Green

    The Broncos kept four last season -- they kept three in 2011 and three in 2012 -- but keeping three, with perhaps another on the practice squad continues to be the most likely scenario as nothing that happened in the preseason changed that.

    Offensive line (10)
    Ryan Clady
    Orlando Franklin
    Manny Ramirez
    Louis Vasquez
    Chris Clark
    Will Montgomery
    Michael Schofield
    Vinston Painter
    Ben Garland
    Paul Cornick

    The Broncos have kept nine players at this position for the opening-week roster in all three previous seasons of the John Fox/John Elway regime so this is where a difficult decision awaits if they don't elect to keep 10. Their rotations in the preseason suggest, however, 10 just might be the number this time around and this is likely where the third quarterback spot goes. Garland has done enough to earn a spot, and Cornick continues to work as Clady's backup at left tackle.

    Defensive line (8)
    DeMarcus Ware
    Terrance Knighton
    Sylvester Williams
    Malik Jackson
    Derek Wolfe
    Quanterus Smith
    Marvin Austin
    Mitch Unrein

    The Broncos kept eight on the initial roster here last season and it's shaping up to be that way again. If that's how it plays out after the team's meetings on Friday, Kevin Vickerson could be the off man out. Unrein played some defensive end in some run-down situations in the last two preseason games and showed plenty of up-field quickness overall.

    Linebackers (7)
    Danny Trevathan
    Von Miller
    Nate Irving
    Lamin Barrow
    Steven Johnson
    Lerentee McCray
    Brandon Marshall

    Trevathan won't be back in the lineup until after the Week 4 bye at best so Marshall is going to play for him for at least the first three games of the regular season, and he showed in the preseason win over the 49ers he's up to the challenge. Miller is scheduled to be in the lineup Sept. 7 and Johnson closed strong to make his case in the preseason finale.

    Cornerbacks (6)
    Chris Harris Jr.
    Aqib Talib
    Bradley Roby
    Kayvon Webster
    Tony Carter
    Omar Bolden

    Last season, the Broncos kept seven cornerbacks on the opening-night roster, including the injured Champ Bailey, but it's now looking like six here with Bolden lining up at corner much of the time. Bolden is also decidedly in the mix as the team's kickoff returner. Chris Harris Jr. is still on track to play in the regular-season opener.

    Safeties (5)
    T.J. Ward
    Rahim Moore
    Quinton Carter
    David Bruton
    Duke Ihenacho

    Watch the rotations in practice as well as the preseason games, and Ihenacho figures into the equation here as the fifth safety, which would put the Broncos at 11 defensive backs -- what they kept last season -- but that would likely cause them to keep one fewer defensive lineman. In this scenario it means Ihenacho's special teams work is enough to get him the spot, a spot that came from the defensive line.

    Specialists (3)
    Brandon McManus
    Britton Colquitt
    Aaron Brewer

    McManus missed two 50-plus yards attempts in the preseason finale, but had been with the team just for a day. He showed a powerful leg and is the most likely replacement for Matt Prater, who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/denver-bronc...ected-roster-6

  • #2
    Don't see the need to keep Nacho.

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    • #3
      I saw this before, is Dysert really eligible for the PS??

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      • #4
        Zach Dysert is ineligible for the practice squad.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LetsGoBroncos View Post
          Don't see the need to keep Nacho.

          Agreed.

          Although, for some reason his tweets last night were VERY confident that he made the team. Either he has inside info or he is very mistaken!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ludo21 View Post
            I saw this before, is Dysert really eligible for the PS??
            It looks like it, because I don't think he was ever activated last year during a game.

            Eligibility

            Practice squads are considered to be for developmental purposes. Therefore, veterans are not eligible to be signed to the practice squad. In fact, players with more than one year of accrued NFL service are not eligible. Here is a closer look at the eligibility requirements.

            *A player is eligible if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games.
            *If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.
            *A player is deemed to have served a season on the practice squad if he remains on the practice squad for at least three weeks. Players are eligible to be on the practice squad for two seasons.
            *Players can be eligible for a third practice squad season if their team maintains no less than 53 players on the active/inactive list at all times.

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            • #7
              Unless the team really thinks Dysert has a future here, I can't see them keeping that roster spot instead of an additional DL or DB, someone who will see the field and contribute in the win now mode the team is in.

              If Manning does get significantly hurt, the team is in a lot more trouble than trying to find a back up for Brock.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kaylore View Post
                Zach Dysert is ineligible for the practice squad.
                My bad then, I didn't realize he was ever on the active game day roster.

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                • #9
                  So no one will return punts for Legwold's Broncos? I dont see the need to keep 10 OL.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Irish Stout View Post
                    My bad then, I didn't realize he was ever on the active game day roster.
                    He wasn't. It was my understanding if you are on the 53 for one year you lost eligibility.

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                    • #11
                      iaofm said a while back dysert is eliglble but probably won't make it through waivers.

                      http://www.itsalloverfatman.com/bron...practice-squad

                      Agree with those saying that its better to keep Big Vic, at the cost of Ianocho, perhaps Bolden/Carter, or Ben Garland or another Oline man. Can never be too deep on Dline.

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                      • #12
                        OK I see. The new rules allow for two seasons for just two of the 8 players.

                        http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2...gibility-rules


                        The new rule states the extra two players can have up to 32 games on an active roster over their first two seasons and still be eligible for the practice squad. So, basically any 2012 or 2013 rookies are now eligible to fill those two additional practice squad positions.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kaylore View Post
                          He wasn't. It was my understanding if you are on the 53 for one year you lost eligibility.
                          Ok, so we can agree he was never activated to the 45-man active game day roster in 2013. I used the googles to confirm he was never on the active roster.

                          However, it appears he is PS eligible based on:

                          *A player is eligible if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games.

                          *If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Natedogg View Post
                            iaofm said a while back dysert is eliglble but probably won't make it through waivers.
                            The fact that Dysert didn't have much of a go this preseason doesn't show a likelihood that he'll make the 53. I agree that if we try and get him to PS that he'll be picked up. Personally I thought he looked good in his limited time and would have loved to have seen more from him. He might be better than Brock, but we'll likely never know unless the two ever become starters in their careers.

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                            • #15
                              G Rob to the PS, woohoo!

                              I hope at least.

                              Dysert wont make it through waivers??

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