5 Broncos players that boosted their roster chances vs. Vikings

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Denver Broncos riser vs. Vikings no. 2: Delarrin Turner-Yell, S

As of the time of this post being written, I think the Denver Broncos are going to keep five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster and six safeties. The Broncos have been utilizing their safeties in versatile roles throughout the preseason, and while the team needs help at outside cornerback with Michael Ojemudia’s injury, I think they can sleep easy with the six safeties currently on the roster.

Going into this game against the Vikings, I was on the fence about rookie Delarrin Turner-Yell, but he went out and showed a little something in the preseason finale. Turner-Yell was flying around the field, playing fast, playing aggressive, and making plays. At one point in the game, he was in the blue tent being evaluated for a concussion. Shortly after, he was cleared, and then was out on the field like a heat-seeking missile sacking Kellen Mond.

He really flashed in this game, finishing with four total tackles and showing that he is worthy of either being stashed on the active roster or having an immediate role on special teams with his hard-hitting style of play.

Denver Broncos riser vs. Vikings no. 3: Seth Williams, WR

The Denver Broncos are back in a fascinating position at the wide receiver spot. I think there is one roster spot up for grabs (WR6) and I think Brandon Johnson had it in the bag before this game against the Vikings. Unfortunately, he left the game with a high ankle sprain. Do the Broncos like him enough to keep him on the roster despite the injury? With all of the positive hype he’s received, would he clear waivers so they could get him on the practice squad?

If not for that injury, I think the top six WR spots were set. With Johnson hurt, that spot could be opened up again. If you listened to the preseason broadcast, you’d be inclined to believe that an injury to Johnson has opened the door for Tyrie Cleveland, who has been injured for most of training camp but is one of the team’s top special teams players. Cleveland is apparently a favorite of special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes.

At this point, that sixth spot could go to Tyrie Cleveland by default while the Broncos try to figure out how to get a trade done or sneak a couple of guys onto the practice squad. One of those guys could be Seth Williams, another young player who has had struggles with consistency but has made some huge plays as well.

Williams led the team in receiving against the Vikings with four receptions for 68 yards, including an incredible diving catch on a pass from Brett Rypien that could have been a touchdown if Rypien had hit Williams in stride.