DENVER — When Jamaal Charles darted across the nook six days in the past, it signaled the top of Stevan Ridley’s roster bid. Charles’ wholesome proper knee made Ridley expendable and offered a reminder of the problem of creating an NFL group.
The Broncos started paring right down to fifty three gamers on Friday, starting with operating backs Ridley and Juwan Thompson. Each did all the things requested this preseason, however misplaced out in a numbers crunch. Receiver Anthony Nash was additionally launched. I’ll proceed to replace this story all through the day. The Broncos should attain the restrict of fifty three by 2 p.m. Saturday.
It’s more and more possible security T.J. Ward will probably be traded or launched, which isn’t going over properly with teammates. The Broncos are additionally holding all choices open as they think about including a 3rd quarterback. And earlier Friday, the group traded former second spherical decide Ty Sambrailo to the Atlanta Falcons for a fifth-spherical draft decide in 2018.
Ridley rushed for 109 yards on 38 carries this preseason, hardly efficient, however he completed robust Thursday with a landing run and a 27-yard gallop. Thompson collected eighty five yards on 14 carries. He proved a helpful particular groups member, however was by no means capable of finding a constant position as a fullback or backup tailback over the previous few seasons.
Nash is taken into account a robust candidate for the Broncos’ 10-man follow squad.
Linebacker Danny Mason, signed for coaching camp depth after Shane Ray’s wrist damage, was minimize. Ray could possibly be out for the primary month of the season as he rebuilds power in his wrist. Linebacker Deon Hollins was additionally let go together with tight finish Steven Scheu.
Broncos Roster Cuts/Strikes (will replace all through day):
RB Stevan Ridley
RB Juwan Thompson
TE Steven Scheu
WR Anthony Nash
LB Danny Mason
LB Deon Hollins
T Ty Sambrailo (traded to Atlanta for 2018 fifth spherical decide)