I will spare you the Sheryl Crow lyric as I pass along the information that the first two players have been cut from the Denver Broncos. Eric Page and Coryell Judie, we hardly knew you.
Players arrived at camp today with one of the first orders of business being a physical exam and conditioning test that they must pass to continue with regularly scheduled practices. Both Page and Judie were waived due to medical reasons stemming from injuries.
Judie, an undrafted cornerback from Texas A&M was a longshot to make the roster with the Broncos specifically focused on improvements at cornerback during the offseason. He would have had to compete with directly with Drayton Florence, Chris Harris, Syd’Quan Thompson, Tony Carter, and Omar Bolden just for a reserve role.
Page caught a remarkable 125 passes for 1,189 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 with the University of Toledo to earn an All-MAC distinction. The school’s all-time leading receiver in catches, yards, and touchdowns was also a phenomenal kick and punt returner – an area the Broncos struggled with in 2011.
With Page’s injury (torn ACL), the Broncos will begin practices tomorrow with wide receiver Eric Decker as the primary return specialist. Don’t expect this arrangement to last, however, with Decker being viewed as Peyton Manning‘s secondary receiver. For those attending camp this week, the players to watch in the return game will be Thompson, Bolden, Mathew Willis, and possibly even Andre Caldwell.