All players report tomorrow and start their first practice on Friday. And recent developments are that Antoine Smith will report with the players and this is great news as depth is greatly needed at that position and with his experience and versatily, he could start or provide great value at depth. And Jake Long will visit the Broncos. He has played every year of his career at Left Tackle, but is coming off his second ACL tear from last season. So he would have to prove he is not hampered by that knee problem before the Broncos would consider him. But with his experience and quality of play, he could start at LT and Ty Samborla could then move to RT. And Zone Blocking would be easier on his knee and because they will use two tight ends, he could get help from the TE. So if he is healthy, go after him Elway!
And dates that players will point to ,especially those on the bubble are:
This is the day the Broncos must make the first cut to 75 players by 2:00pm MDT. This date is between the 3rd&4th preseason games against San Francisco and the Arizona game on Sept 3.
Saturday, Sept. 5
This is the date after that final preseason game against Arizona, that the Broncos must cut the roster to 53 players and take action on PUP and Non-Football Injury lists.
Sunday Sept. 6
Claiming period for waived or cut players must be done by 10:00am MDT. They can also establish a ten man player squad.
So, Broncos, practice hard and smart in camp and establish a great team, Bovada now has them tied with New England and Dallas for 4th place Super Bowl odds. First, second and third are Green Bay, Seattle and Indianapolis. New England fell becsuse of the upholdment of Brady’s four game suspension. And his first game back is a huge one with the Colts in prime-time. Seattle and the Broncos have the best defenses of those 6 teams, so that could be a huge factor at how these odds appear towatds the end of the season. And finally, there are 3 veteran players that could discintly find themselves looking for another job elsewhere in the NFL. They are Andre Caldwell, who has to have a great camp and hold off several talented young recievers. Second is Tony Carter, whose erratic play last season has himself square on the bubble, and even with a decent camp, could still be waived or cut. And the third is Punter Britton Colquitt whose season performances the last two years and a big contract could very well leave him very vulnerabile to being replaced by big- leg Karl Schmitz who can also kick off, thus opening up a roster spot to boot. So these three may very well lose their Broncos jobs. There may be other veterans who lose their jobs too, but these are the ones most likely to be gone off the roster.
There is a really good quality of players entering camp tomorrow and first practice Friday, so Go,Go Broncos and give us another great season in Broncos Country and go after that Lombardi with every ounce of talent,strength and heart&mind you possess!!!