This time of year, the Denver Broncos have to make some tough roster decisions. After flooding the roster with 25 new players, 24 of which are rookies, the Broncos have to trim down to 90 guys.
Unfortunately, the immediate collateral damage of that league requirement falls on the shoulders of backup center James Ferentz. The Broncos waived Ferentz on Sunday, as first reported by Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.
Ferentz, a former undrafted rookie out of Iowa, was claimed off waivers by the Broncos back in September of 2015. He managed to stick to the roster, despite being undersized by most NFL center standards.
Ferentz's firebrand attitude, and his fit in Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme kept him around. With Denver hiring Vance Joseph to replace Kubiak, and the team moving to a predominantly power blocking scheme, the 6-foot-2, 285-pound Ferentz has been rendered obsolete.
James is the son of Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and although his time in Denver might be over, at least he earned himself a World Champion ring as a part of Denver's Super Bowl 50 roster. The second-year Connor McGovern has been taking snaps at center and moving forward, projects as Denver's No. 2 player at the position behind Matt Paradis.
Paradis is still recovering from double-hip surgery this offseason and isn't expected to see the field until training camp. Meanwhile, McGovern — who saw exactly zero snaps as a rookie last year — will get some much-need reps at center with Denver's first-team offense.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.