Denver Broncos: Team is trimming down wide receiver depth chart, new linebacker signed
The Denver Broncos had 15 wide receivers on the 90-man roster at one point this offseason. That number is now down to 12 following some recent transactions.
On Friday, the team moved on from former third-round pick Amara Darboh, who was signed following a tryout this spring. Darboh, who had a solid college career at Michigan, was looking to rejuvenate his career, but it won’t happen in Denver.
On Saturday, undrafted free agent and former Colorado State Rams wide receiver Warren Jackson was cut. It was thought that Jackson could have been a nice under-the-radar signing, but it appears that, like Darboh, he’s just not what the team is looking for right now.
The reason the Broncos cut Jackson was to make space on the roster for linebacker Barrington Wade, who was claimed off of waivers after being let go by the Baltimore Ravens.
Wade is an undrafted free agent out of Iowa, but the Broncos clearly feel more depth is needed at linebacker with both Baron Browning and Josey Jewell nursing injuries at this stage in camp.
Both Jackson and Darboh figured to be longshots to make the roster and with 12 wide receivers now on the roster, the waters are a lot less muddy.
There are four locks to make the roster in Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Tim Patrick. That leaves eight players fighting for what could be two spots.
A huge factor in that race figures to be the return specialist. Will the Broncos keep Diontae Spencer in that role or go with someone else?
Jackson and Darboh will look to get work elsewhere while Wade will come in and look to make something of any preseason reps he can get while Jewell and Browning continue to sit out.