Denver Broncos: 5 players who could surprisingly be cut
5. Diontae Spencer, WR/RS
As I was putting this piece together, it was honestly difficult to pinpoint five players that would be surprises, but I guess that’s why they would be considered “surprise” cuts.
After showing progress in the 2020 season as a return specialist and proving himself over two years of work to be a major asset in that regard, it would be surprising to see the Denver Broncos move on from Diontae Spencer, but we can make it make sense.
Tyrie Cleveland has a good amount of experience dating back to his time at Florida as a kickoff returner, and the Denver Broncos could use KJ Hamler, Kendall Hinton, or perhaps some others in the punt return game.
The key for Diontae Spencer for the remainder of the 2021 offseason is going to be proving himself as a returner once again but also proving that he can come in and actually contribute offensively.
If the Broncos keep Spencer as just a return specialist again for 2021, that’s four spots on the roster devoted to strictly special teams guys. Even though he has the ability to go out there and line up on offense, he has to actually make some plays.
In two seasons with the Broncos, Spencer has proven his worth as a return man but has just 15 touches on offense and for only 82 yards.
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With Spencer’s elite-level speed, it’s surprising he has not been able to carve out at least somewhat larger of a role. With alternative options in the return game, it would be surprising but it’s possible the Denver Broncos make this move.