3 Broncos players who need a big game vs. Bills to avoid being cut

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Denver Broncos player in focus no. 2: Dylan Parham, TE

Looking at this game from a bird’s eye view, we really need to see a lot more from the tight end position in general. We saw the Broncos get some usage out of Andrew Beck as a fullback in the first preseason game, which leads me to believe the depth chart showing Eric Saubert as the TE5 is possibly accurate at this point as to which guys are in and which guys are out, regardless of Saubert’s strong start to camp.

I don’t think Saubert is in danger of being part of this next wave of cuts, but undrafted rookie Dylan Parham very well could be. Parham hasn’t made much noise at all since signing with the team after the 2022 NFL Draft. The former NC State quarterback recruit and converted tight end is the very definition of a project at the position, and he might need more time than the Broncos have available at this point.

Looking at the tight end position, the Broncos are undoubtedly going to go into this season with Albert Okwuegbunam and Greg Dulcich, but who’s going to be behind those guys? At this point, it seems like it’s anyone’s guess.

If the team has a pretty prominent role for a fullback/tight end hybrid, then Andrew Beck is probably making the team. Based on the fact they guaranteed him a decent chunk of money, it also feels like Eric Tomlinson has a good shot at making it. He’s also one of the best blockers at the position in the league.

Eric Saubert had a great start to camp and has since cooled off a bit, at least in terms of the daily big reception updates. It looked like Saubert might be contending for TE1 duties with Dulcich on the mend and Albert Okwuegbunam not making a ton of noise, but that’s fizzled out.

At this point, I’m not so sure the Broncos won’t try to upgrade at the tight end position a little bit. Maybe they use a practice squad spot on someone like Saubert, and maybe they use a second practice squad spot on a veteran free agent like Jimmy Graham or Eric Ebron, maybe they even scour for some trade options here with Okwuegbunam still showing some signs of struggle in the preseason.

A young player like Parham would need a massive game against the Bills to make a case even at one of the 16 available practice squad spots.