Denver Broncos practice squad tracker and player breakdown for 2022

Denver Broncos, Josh Johnson - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Josh Johnson - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos have assembled their initial 53-man roster. There were surprise cuts. There were surprise inclusions. Another undrafted free agent made it.

But there’s still work to be done.

Although the team had to make 27 roster moves to get down to 53 players, a lot of those guys will be coming back as members of the practice squad. General manager George Paton has noted on multiple occasions now that he expects the Broncos could lose some good players on waivers, which we expect, but many of the players that sneak through waivers will comprise the practice squad.

How many players are you allowed to keep on an NFL practice squad in 2022?

Let’s take a look at some of the basics here.

  • 16 players allowed total
  • Up to 6 veterans allowed among 16-player practice squad

What players are eligible for an NFL practice squad in 2022?

NFL practice squads are a maximum of 16 players, which is outstanding both for teams and the players alike. It has never made sense for the NFL to keep the practice squad so limited as often as injuries occur. To think that the practice squads used to be 8-10 players and teams were so restricted with how many players they could bring back off of injured reserve…It was just absolute foolishness from the league.

Thank goodness they have come to their senses.

Additionally, on the 16-player practice squad teams can have up to six veteran players with unlimited NFL experience. Previously, all players on your practice squad could only have a certain amount of experience in the league before they were ineligible. Now you could have a veteran like Josh Johnson, who has been in the league since 2008, on the practice squad. And the Broncos do hope that Johnson will come back in that capacity.

Who are the Denver Broncos signing to the practice squad in 2022?

  • Josh Johnson, QB (1/16)
  • Devine Ozigbo, RB (2/16
  • Netane Muti, OG (3/16)
  • Dylan Parham, TE (4/16)
  • Faion Hicks, CB (5/16)
  • McTelvin Agim, DL (6/16)
  • Jonathan Harris, DL (7/16)
  • Kana’i Mauga, LB (8/16)
  • Kendall Hinton, WR (9/16)
  • Ja’Quan McMillian, CB (10/16)
  • Quinn Bailey, OL (11/16)
  • Jonathan Kongbo, EDGE (12/16)
  • Darrius Shepherd, WR (13/16)

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have re-signed veteran QB Josh Johnson to the practice squad. So, the QB room the team had throughout the offseason remains intact.

Before the Broncos add anybody to the practice squad, players that were waived or cut on August 30 will need to clear waivers on August 31. Once players clear waivers, the Broncos can then begin to sign players to the practice squad.

With 16 slots available, we should see a significant chunk of those players that were cut on Tuesday brought back on Wednesday. The Broncos could also look outside of their own roster to fill practice squad spots, but that will likely only be for a couple of spots as it has been in previous years. Although many fans fear losing players to other teams on waivers, it’s often more likely that players will pass through than not.