3 Denver Broncos players who may have lost their roster spot against Rams
Which Denver Broncos players may have lost their 53-man roster spots after the team’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams?
The NFL preseason is over, which means it’s time to cut rosters down to 53 players. Most teams have been at 80 players for the last week with some perhaps hovering slightly below that number, but regardless, every NFL team is going to have to make a bunch of moves to cut their rosters down for the regular season. The Denver Broncos have some very difficult decisions to make.
There are some obvious players who would be considered “low-hanging fruit” when it comes to roster cuts. Perhaps there are players who were camp bodies or players who simply didn’t get the opportunity to show enough to be worthy of anything more than a practice squad spot at this point, but there are some players who have been penciled in for roster spots that might have legitimately lost their position after the preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams.
Whether that is because of another player playing extremely well or because of poor performance on the part of the player himself, let’s take a look at which guys may have lost their roster spot against the Rams.
Denver Broncos players who may have lost roster spots vs. Rams
1. Tyrie Cleveland, WR
It feels like we’ve been tough on Tyrie Cleveland this offseason, and frankly, we kind of have been. Cleveland was expected to solidify himself as a WR5 for the Denver Broncos this offseason and perhaps even make Tim Patrick expendable if he could really break through.
It’s important to remember that, as athletic and talented as Cleveland is, he was a seventh-round pick just last year and growing pains are still happening.
He struggled with dropped passes throughout training camp, had an injury, and then simply didn’t make enough plays when he returned from that injury.
He might have had a big play in the preseason finale but Drew Lock couldn’t hit him in stride deep down the left sideline.
The upside is certainly there with Cleveland, and I think that he would be a poach candidate if he’s placed on waivers, but I also don’t think he’s done enough to beat out a guy like Trinity Benson for a roster spot.
If the Denver Broncos decide they are okay to move on from Diontae Spencer, perhaps Cleveland edges out Seth Williams for the WR6 spot if the team likes his contributions on special teams more than Williams.
For the time being, I think the ideal scenario for Denver would be to sneak Cleveland through waivers onto the practice squad.