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Denver Broncos Make Four More Roster Cuts

There are four more casualties in the Broncos mandate to cut the roster down to 75 guys.

This is the worst time of the year for Gary Kubiak and his coaching staff. Having to say goodbye to players they've coached, forged bonds, and shared hopes with isn't easy. 

Killing a man's dream isn't easy. 

But alas, it is the business side of the National Football League. As much as they'd like to, the Denver Broncos can't keep all 90 players they rolled into training camp with. 

After waiving 11 guys on Monday, the Broncos parted ways with four more in time for Tuesday's deadline. The toughest decision was the release of veteran punter Britton Colquitt

The team also placed injured tight end Garrett Graham on injured reserve and waived offensive tackle Kyle Roberts and undrafted rookie receiver Bralon Addison Graham, a Kubiak acolyte from their time in Houston, signed with the Broncos as a free agent earlier this year. It was hoped that the Graham could have a similar impact as Owen Daniels did for the Broncos in 2015. 

Graham was off to a solid start, before injuring his shoulder. He played in the first preseason game but has missed the last two. John Phillips has stepped up in his place, serving as veteran depth behind Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman

Roberts went undrafted in 2015, signing with the Broncos. Although he was ultimately a camp casualty, the Broncos kept him on the practice squad. 

Honestly, I was hopeful that Roberts would show signs of turning the corner in 2016, but he seems to have instead taken many steps backward. In fact, it could be argued that Mark Sanchez is currently on the trading block because of Roberts' terrible play at right tackle in the second preseason game, giving up two hits on the quarterback that led to two lost fumbles. 

As for Addison, he projects as slot receiver in the NFL. But to make a roster as a UDFA, he needed to show a propensity in the return game.

The Broncos liked what they saw from Addison in that department initially, but fellow UDFA Kalif Raymond has out-shined him overall. It should be noted, however, that neither player has impressed of late. 

Obviously, the Broncos like Raymond's upside more. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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