Denver Broncos: Predicting the first five roster cuts for 2021

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Denver Broncos, Branden Mack
Denver Broncos WR Branden Mack. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Branden Mack, WR

The Denver Broncos only had a couple of practices against the Minnesota Vikings when the two teams got together, but you should take note of something rather interesting.

Undrafted free agent wide receiver Devontres Dukes had some big moments in the joint practices, especially one in which he made a pair of touchdown grabs. Dukes then came down hobbled and missed the game against the Vikings completely.

As a result, Branden Mack — another undrafted rookie — absorbed 17 snaps in the game. Unfortunately, Mack has not been making as many waves in practices as Devontres Dukes, whose name has come up quite a few times in the time since training camp started.

Mack and Dukes are both big-bodied receivers and the Denver Broncos certainly have no shortage of guys at that position that can play.

With the team approaching game one of the preseason somewhat like game four (according to Vic Fangio) in terms of getting younger guys opportunities to play, it could be that Mack and perhaps another receiver wind up on the chopping block.

The Broncos recently had as many as 15 receivers, but are now down to a fairly reasonable 12. I think they find a way to cut this position group down to 10 or 11 guys with the initial wave of roster moves.