Preseason comes to a close, leaving many players to wonder if it is the end or just the beginning of their history with the Broncos. The Broncos came out with a win, but sent several players home waiting to here the final score of the game: the game of life. The Broncos' last preseason game at Invesco at Mile High, gave the bubble players one last chance to earn a position on the final roster.
The intensity and effort seen during the game from many bubble players was on a rise, including the five players battling for two spots at wide receive. Adrian Madise, Frank Rice, Charlie Adams, Herb Haygood, and Nate Jackson all got a chance to show their potential as a Bronco in the last preseason game against the Seahawks and are now left wondering if they should be looking elsewhere for a spot on a roster.
Chris Cole is expected to make the team as second-string wide receiver. Patrick Hape, who started at wide receiver last night against Seattle, will more than likely have a spot at tight end. This leaves five prospective wide receivers on edge. Frank Rice was the standout with a 61-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. Herb Haygood, Adrian Madise, and Charlie Adams also came off with some good plays, which will make the coaches decision on who to cut comparatively more difficult.
Rod Smith was impressed with the performance of many players. "Right now a lot of guys' jobs are on the line. But, what I really liked tonight is a lot of guys went out there to decide for coaches. That's what you want on the team so everything remains competitive. When players come out and play with full intensity, that's when both the individual and the team succeed," said Smith.
Adrian Madise remarks on having the opportunity to get real playing time, "I feel a little better about my chances than I did a few weeks ago. I wouldn't say I'm confident (about my chances), but if I wasn't meant to be here right now, then I don't think I would still be."
Players who will be cut will receive a call early Saturday and cuts will be announced to the public Sunday afternoon.
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