5 Broncos players that hurt their final roster chances against the Vikings

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Denver Broncos roster faller vs. Vikings: Backup defensive line (besides McTelvin Agim)

I will say this — McTelvin Agim undoubtedly deserves a lot of credit for the way he played against the Minnesota Vikings. He came into that game as one of the biggest roster fallers on the entire team, and he absolutely balled out. The rest of the backup defensive line? Still a bit of a problem. Still getting absolutely wiped out of plays, especially in the running game.

The Broncos ended up bringing great pressure off the edge throughout this game, and that was fun to see. Still, going into the regular season, which defensive linemen did we see in the preseason that anyone is going to feel confident in if the Broncos have to deal with an injury to Dre’Mont Jones or DJ Jones? I would say nobody, and perhaps that’s too harsh, but it’s where we’re at.

Fourth-round pick Eyioma Uwazurike likely made enough plays against the Vikings to stick around, but I’ve got him sticking on the 53-man roster mostly because of his draft status. Matt Henningsen showed great effort, but is still a work in progress. Jonathan Harris wasn’t consistent enough. The Broncos need reinforcements behind their top four defensive linemen.

Denver Broncos roster faller vs. Vikings: Jalen Virgil, WR

The competition for roster positioning at wide receiver heated up this offseason after the Tim Patrick injury, and a variety of players made a strong case. Jalen Virgil was one of them, but the UDFA out of Appalachian State also had a bad error on the game’s opening kickoff and had a drop in this game against the Vikings as well.

Unfortunately, those errors could prove very costly for Virgil in terms of his roster status. He’s close to being able to contribute to a regular season NFL roster, but he just needs some more seasoning. Luckily for the Broncos, many teams around the league are trying to sneak players just like Virgil onto their practice squads. There is plenty of demand for receiver help around the league but there’s also plenty of supply right now. Virgil may not be ready for a 53-man roster just yet but he’s close and some team might be willing to take that gamble.

Based on how highly the Broncos think of Tyrie Cleveland, I’m not sure they’ll be the team to do that.