The Denver Broncos have put eight days of training camp behind them and though things will start to become much clearer once preseason games start, a quartet of players has shined so far.
With a talented 90-player roster to evaluate, it has been hard to predict which players the Broncos will head into the 2022 regular season with, though we tried.
Not all news out of camp has been great. The team already suffered a crushing season-ending injury to wide receiver Tim Patrick. Reserve running back Damarea Crockett will also miss the season.
But when players go down, it presents an opportunity for other players to step up. Several Broncos have made the most out of the first week of camp and in the process, have improved their chances of making the team.
There are of course several players who are locked into roster spots but for those fringe players, the remainder of camp and the three preseason games are really for them to make their case to continue playing in Denver.
These four players, who may have been considered fringe guys a week ago, have made a good case so far.
Fringe Broncos players who have improved their roster chances: Netane Muti, Guard
Many fans may have had Netane Muti penciled in as part of the 53-man roster no matter what, but it was far from a lock this offseason. It is beginning to look more and more like his roster spot is completely safe.
Not only does Muti seem locked in for at least a reserve role, but he has also been splitting reps with Dalton Risner thus far in camp. That may not come as a total surprise to some, as Risner’s starting spot is not guaranteed.
It seems that Quinn Meinerz is carving out a starting role at one of the guard spots so the other spot should go to either Risner or Muti. If Muti is able to clearly beat out Risner for the spot, Risner remains a player the Broncos could look to find a new home for.