Denver Broncos: Players on the chopping block at each position

Denver Broncos roster 2021: Trey Marshall. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos roster 2021: Trey Marshall. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 15, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Members of the Denver Broncos huddle during an offseason workout at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos will have plenty of difficult roster decisions to make in 2021. Which players are on the chopping block at each position group?

Although many talking heads don’t care to discuss it or admit it, the Denver Broncos have assembled a very strong roster heading into the 2021 season. New general manager George Paton picked up where John Elway left off, and the Broncos have one of the better rosters in the league with the quarterback position an obvious “up in the air” status.

Even with a lack of clarity at the quarterback position, there is a lot to be excited about with this 2021 Denver Broncos team.

If the group that took the field for the 2019 season could win seven games, how many could the 2021 roster win?

There are reasonably high expectations for the Broncos this season after the team really fell short in 2020.

The pandemic-affected offseason hurt the Denver Broncos as much as any team in the league, and you could tell throughout the season that one of the youngest rosters in the league was struggling to stay afloat — especially offensively — while the defense was decimated by injuries one by one.

It would be unrealistic to expect the entire roster to stay healthy in 2021, but the team is deeper now than it has been in previous years and they are deep at some key position groups. Namely, the offensive line has really nice depth and the defensive backfield may be the best in the entire NFL.

Okay, it is the best in the NFL.

Denver Broncos: Examining difficult roster cuts

The downside to having a deep roster is having to make difficult cuts when the league mandates teams go from 90 players on the active roster to just 53. Even though you stand a pretty good chance these days of getting guys back onto your practice squad, subjecting players to waivers can be a scary ordeal if you have high hopes for their future.

General managers and decision-makers have to make decisions with both the present and future in mind. George Paton will have no shortage of difficult decisions to make regardless of position group, which is what we’re taking a look at here.

Here are some of the top roster cut candidates at each position group of guys who could latch on to other NFL rosters.