ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—In preparation of cutting the roster down from 90 guys to 75, the Denver Broncos have waived/released 10 players today. There are a couple of surprises.
Jeff Heuerman was a matter of course. The Broncos placed him on injured reserve today. He tore his ACL in rookie mini-camp in May. The key cuts here come in the form of Zac Dysert, Joe Don Duncan and Reggie Walker.
Dysert was out-played in camp and preseason action by the Broncos rookie seventh round quarterback Trevor Siemian. The Broncos selected Dysert in the seventh round in 2013, but he's yet to show any real progress in his development and didn't take well to Gary Kubiak's system.
Duncan earned nothing but rave reviews from coaches during camp and played well in the preseason, but clearly, the Broncos see a need to stock the roster at another position. With James Casey on the roster to handle fullback and tight end, Duncan was expendable. He could be a practice squad candidate.
The veteran Walker was signed to a one-year deal back in March but couldn't break out of the third-team defense. His release is not surprising, but it is noteable, because he is a veteran.
Tevrin Brandon couldn't find a way to make an impact on a cornerback depth chart as stacked as any in the NFL. He has potential as a nickel corner in this league, but he failed to flash in his opportunities in Denver.
Jeremy Stewart spent time on the active roster in 2014. He received more carries in the preseason than Kapri Bibbs, but the Broncos like Bibbs' upside more than Stewart's. Bibbs is likely to get the axe on the next wave of cuts, as he hasn't even carried the ball once in preseason action.
If the coaches had their druthers, they'd keep all 90 guys. Alas, the way of the NFL will not permit that. This is a necessary evil and the face of the business side of the league.
“It's a tough day because you spend all offseason with these guys," Gary Kubiak said today. "You've got 90 guys. You go through OTAs, you go through camp and they bust their tail for you.”
We wish these young players the best of luck moving forward. The Broncos still have five more roster cuts to make before 2 p.m. MST Tuesday afternoon, in order to get down to 75 players.
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