The most surprising cut came in the form of starting fullback Kyle Johnson, who had spent the past five seasons in the Broncos backfield, clearing the way for three different 1,000-yard rushers.
Johnson, who sat with the other starters during Thursday nights preseason wrap up against the Cleveland Browns, watched as Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell each took turns blocking for free agent rookie Selvin Young, who finished with a game high 96-yards rushing. At the time Johnson appeared to be a lock, but with an over-crowded backfield and an undrafted rookie grabbing all the headlines, Johnson's talents became expendable. Even with Johnson's release, Denver enters the 2007 season carrying more running backs that at any other time in the Mike Shanahan era.
At quarterback, Shanahan's clearly rolling the dice with Jay Cutler, holding Patrick Ramsey as a last resort. Look for either Darrell Hackney or Preston Parsons to be added to the practice squad as the teams' third QB.
Defensively the biggest disappointment is former St. Louis starter Jimmy Kennedy. Shanahan had high hopes for the defensive tackle, but a mediocre camp followed by a disappointing preseason left no other options.
Beginning Sunday the team can designate eight players to this years practice squad, from those who clear waivers.
FULL CUT LIST -
Kyle Johnson, Running back
Glenn Martinez, Wide receiver
Marquay McDaniel, Wide receiver
Quincy Morgan, Wide receiver
Cliff Washburn, Offensive linemen
Kevin McAlmont, Offensive lineman
Chad Mustard, Tackle
Emmanuel Akah, Guard
Mark Fenton, Guard
Greg Eslinger, Center
Preston Parsons, Quarterback
Darrell Hackney, Quarterback
John Browning, Defensive end
Jimmy Kennedy, Defensive tackle
Steven Harris, Defensive tackle
T.J. Hollowell, Linebacker
Cameron Vaughn, Linebacker
Bill Alford, Cornerback
Kevin House, Cornerback
Steve Cargile, Safety
Roderick Rogers, Safety
RESERVE / SUSPENDED LIST
Kenny Peterson, Defensive tackle*
(*set to serve a four-game NFL suspension for violating the steroid policy.)
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
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