The business side of the NFL is ugly. And it's uncomfortable. The coaches hate it. The fact remains, however, the Denver Broncos had to trim their roster down to 75 guys today by 2 p.m. MST.
After waiving/releasing 10 players yesterday, including putting Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve, the Broncos waived third-year wide receiver Nathan Palmer today, along with linebacker Danny Mason and tight end Dan Light. They now sit at the league-mandated 75 players.
Palmer entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois with the San Francisco 49ers. He bounced around the league, before ending up with the Broncos in 2013. He made the final roster out of training camp, but spent just one game on the active squad, before competing on the practice squad the rest of the year.
However, as a casualty of the first round of cuts, it's unlikely he'll be re-signed to the practice squad again. The Broncos are flush with talent and even the 10 practice squad spots will be zealously chosen.
Palmer is a talented receiver and put a solid performance on tape last week vs. the 'Niners. He has the skills to stick in the National Football League, making it very possible he could be picked up by a receiver-needy team off of the waiver wire.
Danny Mason played college ball at Division II Texas A&M—Commerce, where he was an All-American. He was signed to a futures contract in January. Dan Light has been on the roster for only a few days. He played ball at Fordham University, where he left as the school's leading pass-catching tight end.
It's a hard-knock life, trying to make a roster as a former UDFA. In Denver however, there will be recent draft picks who will be waived. The Broncos have been impressive in the preseason thus far. The NFL has been watching. Hopefully, these players benefit from that.
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