Denver Broncos 53-man roster prediction after final preseason game

Denver Broncos - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
2 of 5
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos, KJ Hamler – (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos final roster predictions: Running back and receiver

Running back: 3 (8/53)

  • Javonte Williams
  • Melvin Gordon
  • Mike Boone

There should not be any surprises here for the Broncos. The top three backs are set and I don’t think the Broncos are keeping four, although the recently acquired Devine Ozigbo had the best run of the team’s entire preseason against the Vikings and is likely the team’s preferred practice squad running back option.

Not much to really see here at running back for the Broncos but they could add another back to the practice squad besides just Ozigbo when the dust all settles from roster moves around the league.

Wide receiver: 6 (14/53)

  • Courtland Sutton
  • Jerry Jeudy
  • KJ Hamler
  • Montrell Washington
  • Kendall Hinton
  • Tyrie Cleveland

At this point, I think the top four positions here are set. As a matter of fact, I might get so bold and say that I think Kendall Hinton’s spot is safe as well, even after a drop in the final preseason game against the Vikings. Hinton has been impressive this offseason and has continually taken strides forward. The big question marks here come with those final two spots, though.

If Hinton’s spot isn’t in jeopardy, then it’s the WR6 spot up for grabs. You could argue the Broncos need to keep seven receivers with the injury to Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler coming back from injury as well, but typically you just can’t justify that on an initial 53-man roster. The favorite for the WR6 spot in Denver has been undrafted star Brandon Johnson, but Johnson went down with an ankle injury against the Vikings and his status is unknown.

If Johnson isn’t fully healthy, his roster situation is in jeopardy and it opens up a whole different can of worms at this position. Has Seth Williams shown enough to make the roster thus far? Undrafted rookie Jalen Virgil? Consistency is the key issue for both of those guys. They have both made some spectacular plays, but are they regular-season ready?

If Johnson is hurt, I think the Broncos could re-open that WR6 spot to someone from the outside right now and potentially try to sneak the other guys onto the practice squad. I don’t think you could definitively pick another receiver behind Johnson at this point to make the roster if he’s not healthy, but if you listened to the preseason broadcast, the Broncos remain very high on Tyrie Cleveland for his ability to contribute on special teams.