The Denver Broncos made 22 roster moves on Saturday, trimming their roster down to the mandatory 53 players. In all, 15 players were waived, five were released, one was placed on injured reserve and one was placed on the reserve/suspended list.
“We’re in a situation that you want to be in, even though it makes it much more difficult,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway. “Because of the fact that you’re having to let a lot of good football players go. But it’s a situation that you want to be in.”
“This is by far the deepest team since I’ve been here.”
Two starters from last season were let go; as safety Duke Ihenacho was waived and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was released. Neither should come as too much of a shock however, as the Broncos made moves at both the defensive line and in the secondary this offseason, in an effort to revamp their defense.
Kicker Matt Prater was placed on the reserve/suspended list, as he will miss the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Brandon McManus is currently the only active kicker on the roster, despite a shaky debut for the Broncos during their preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
Denver also elected to only keep two quarterbacks, waiving 2013 draft pick Zac Dysert. Five of the Broncos’ six picks in the 2014 NFL Draft were kept; center Matt Paradis, a sixth round pick, being the one exception.
Undrafted free agent defensive end Kenny Anunike was placed on injured reserve. The Broncos did however, keep two college free agents. After a strong preseason wide receiver Isaiah Burse not only makes the team, but figures to be the starting punt returner. Running back Juwan Thompson also makes the squad after a strong preseason showing.
Here are all the roster moves made on Saturday by the Broncos:
- Kenny Anunike, DE Injured Reserve
- Shaquil Barrett, LB Waived
- Kapri Bibbs, RB Waived
- John Boyett, S Waived
- Zac Dysert, QB Waived
- L.J. Fort, LB Waived
- Bennie Fowler, WR Waived
- Sione Fua, DT Waived
- Duke Ihenacho, S Waived
- Jameson Konz, TE Released
- Ryan Miller, G Waived
- Cameron Morrah, TE Released
- Jerome Murphy, CB Released
- Vinston Painter, G Waived
- Nathan Palmer, WR Waived
- Matt Paradis, C Waived
- Matt Prater, K Reserve/Suspended
- Gerell Robinson, TE Waived
- Brian Sanford, DE Released
- Jordan Sullen, CB Waived
- Kevin Vickerson, DT Released
- Louis Young, CB Waived
The Broncos can begin adding people to their 10-man practice squad on Sunday.