Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson (53) picks off a deflection caused by defensive back Jerome Murphy (45) on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) in the fourth quarter of a preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
It’s a dark day across the NFL landscape as players from every roster are being sent home without a job, their dreams no longer a reality. For some young players, it’s merely the start of a new beginning in a new city. For some, it’s the end of the road entirely, a last chance at making an impression to NFL scouts and coaches before it’s time to move on to the next chapter.
I can’t imagine this time of year gets any easier for coaches on a year to year basis, having to call players into the office and let them know that their time and efforts are appreciated, but their dreams of playing in the NFL won’t happen, at least with that team.
The Broncos especially have tough decisions this year, as just a few years removed from a 4-12 season, they’ve won three straight division titles, an AFC title, and have one of the deepest rosters in the league.
Cutting players is basically like trading teams upgrades without anything in return.
The rest of the NFL is sure to feast on the players let go by Denver, but the Broncos really have a lot of options for a strong 53-man roster and 10 player practice squad. They will also have the opportunity to poach young players from other teams.
Here’s a roster projection from Predominantly Orange, as well as a practice squad prediction (that’s nearly impossible).