5 Denver Broncos players tumbling down the depth chart in preseason

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Parnell Motley, Denver Broncos
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As the preseason continues to roll along, which Denver Broncos players are currently tumbling down the (admittedly unofficial) depth chart?

As training camp and preseason games continue to roll along, the cream will continue to rise to the top for the Denver Broncos and other teams in regards to their depth chart. Rosters need to be trimmed to 85 players by Tuesday, and while there may be some obvious cut candidates all around the league, there are players who will continue to get opportunities to make their case for roster spots.

Although these players are certainly in danger of being cut in the coming weeks, which Denver Broncos players have been tumbling down the depth chart for one reason or another?

It’s important to note that the Denver Broncos’ current “depth chart” is unofficial, so we’re really going off how players have done this offseason as far as passing the eye test, how they did in the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings, and how other players who may have previously been behind them on the depth chart have played.

Which players in Denver are falling towards the roster bubble rather than ascending toward a 53-man roster spot? Let’s look at five.

Denver Broncos players tumbling down the depth chart

1. Parnell Motley, CB

As the 2021 offseason progressed, it became increasingly apparent that spots on the Denver Broncos’ final 53-man roster at the cornerback position were going to be hard to come by.

Still, Parnell Motley had a decent shot at one of the six spots given the fact that the Denver Broncos brought him onto the active roster late last season and actively worked to get him some snaps in regular season games.

It was clear the team had an interest in his potential, and Motley did pretty solid in the opportunities he got down the stretch of the 2020 season.

So far in 2021, however, he has not exactly been seizing his opportunities.

Motley has routinely been on the back end of some of the biggest offensive highlights of Broncos training camp, getting beat deep down the field and not exactly staking his claim on a CB6 spot.

Based on the Denver Broncos’ first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, it would be fair to assume that Nate Hairston has probably surpassed Motley as the team’s CB6.

Motley is listed as CB6 but if Essang Bassey is able to come back healthy, you could quickly see a handful of players including Hairston, Bassey, and newcomers Rojesterman Farris and Saivion Smith push Motley even further down the depth chart.