Denver Broncos Road To 53: Defensive Backs

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Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) comes out onto the field before the start of a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp is well underway and the preseason starts on August 7th. The window of time is slowly closing on some of the Denver Broncos players. Those at the top of the depth chart, are almost guaranteed a spot. Some of them are and others can only lose it if they perform horribly during the games. Meanwhile the guys on the lower end of the totem pole are fighting just to get recognized and hopefully show enough to at least get considered for the practice squad.

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Jobs in the NFL are won and lost right here, now. Not everyone can make it. Only 53 players can be on the regular season roster and teams go into the preseason with a max of 90. A lot of veterans get cut for younger options, sometimes cheaper and healthier also. The young guys get their hopes and dreams of playing in the NFL, cut short. At the end of the day, the talented players who show their value stay while the players who may not have as much talent, are hurt, or don’t show their talent, are cut loose. It is a time that would be hard for anyone.

As for the defensive backs, they are pretty much known as to who will make the squad. Of course with a lot of time left there could end up being some surprises. When the 53-man roster gets put together I have the Broncos carrying 11 total defensive backs. Six cornerbacks and five safeties. With concerns about Chris Harris’ health combined with how bad the secondary was last year makes the need for an extra CB a must. Five safeties are normally what the Broncos role with four contributors on defense and a special teamer.

Starting with the CBs….