DENVER — On Monday, as roughly 88 of his teammates paced into the locker room, Kalif Raymond stayed on the follow area. He threw spirals into the again of the top zone to Hunter Sharp, the receivers rifling passes to one another to work on two ft down in bounds.
That is the NFL in late August — the place goals go to die. These on the bubble can depart no regrets or reps. So Raymond and Sharp repeated small particulars, hoping it forces them into the Broncos’ image image with a play on Thursday night time.
“I’m going to point out them I can ball,” Raymond stated. “I need to take one to the home.”
Raymond exists as one of many final gamers in or out relying on how accidents and the pursuit of a 3rd quarterback shake out. It as soon as appeared unlikely the Broncos would maintain Raymond and Isaiah McKenzie, diminutive gamers with comparable talent units. Nevertheless, with Cody Latimer not a assure to make it — he is been shopped and could possibly be launched — Raymond might sneak onto the roster as a kickoff returner.
Together with quarterback Kyle Sloter — perhaps you’ve got heard of him, Southern Miss quarterback turned receiver turned quarterback at Northern Colorado — Raymond represents one of many causes to observe the exhibition finale.
Few jobs stay. The truth is, the beginning spots, save for left guard the place I consider Allen Barbre beats out Max Garcia, exist. Earlier than kickoff turns into chaos with 1,184 gamers minimize and roughly 320 retained to follow squads Friday and Saturday, let’s get to my a-little-too-early fifty three-man roster projection, noting that trades might muddy the waters, and the growing probability that security T.J. Ward can be dealt or launched.
Quarterbacks (three) Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Kyle Sloter or Participant X
Trevor Siemian begins and all he has to do is show to Broncos nation he is not a profession backup. No biggie. Paxton Lynch walked into the kickoff luncheon Wednesday together with his sprained proper shoulder in a sling Wednesday. He is not enjoying anytime quickly. Consequently, the Broncos might use a 3rd, younger quarterback the primary 2-to-four weeks of the season. The Broncos like Sloter, however it’s troublesome to see them pivoting sufficient to belief him as their lone backup once they have been ready to chop him 10 days in the past. They would like to not signal a vested veteran and assure the participant’s wage for the season for 2 potential weeks of clipboard obligation. They might go together with a younger man for a monthlong repair. Or wait till the second week of the season to land a veteran whose wage would then not be assured. The latter state of affairs might open a window for Sloter to make the group initially. Choices for younger and veteran gamers on the waiver wire or by way of commerce embrace: Cody Kessler, Matt Barkley, Connor Shaw, Jeff Driskell and the like.
Offensive line (9) Garett Bolles, Allen Barbre, Max Garcia, Matt Paradis, Ron Leary, Menelik Watson,…