Broncos Make Cuts, Set Roster At 53 Players

Saturday, the Broncos got down to the 53-player limit.

Among the 35 players who were released or waived were four members of the 2017 draft class: WRs Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie, CB Brendan Langley and RB De'Angelo Henderson.

The Broncos 53-man roster is set for now.

The practice squad will be filled on Sunday, Sept. 2.


The full list of players released, waived or designated as reserve/injured/PUP is below.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, Broncos President of Football Operations/GM John Elway spoke with reporters at UCHealth Training Center.

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph also talked about the cuts and the roster on Saturday.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos announced several transactions on Saturday to reach the league-mandated 53-player regular-season roster limit.

In addition to the 35 players who were released or waived by the club, three players were placed on reserve lists (and will not currently count against the team’s active roster).

The Broncos may establish a practice squad of up to 10 players beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. MDT.

The following transactions were announced by the Broncos on Saturday:

WAIVED (32)         

Player                             Pos.       College           Exp.       Transaction

Zaire Anderson               ILB         Nebraska          3           Waived

Bryce Bobo                     WR        Colorado           R          Waived

Mark Chapman               WR        C. Michigan      R           Waived

River Cracraft                  WR        Wash. State      1           Waived

John Diarse                     WR        TCU                  R           Waived

J.J. Dielman                       G          Utah                2           Waived/Injured

Austin Fleer                       T           Col. Mesa       R          Waived

Carlos Henderson            WR        La. Tech          2           Waived

De’Angelo Henderson     RB         Coas. Car.        2          Waived

Jeff Holland                    OLB        Auburn            R          Waived

Michael Hunter               CB         Okl. State         3           Waived

Leon Johnson                   T           Temple           R           Waived

Brendan Langley             CB          Lamar              2           Waived

Jordan Leslie                   WR        BYU                  3           Waived

Andreas Knappe               T          Connecticut     1           Waived/Injured

Caushaud Lyons              DT         Tusculum         R           Waived

Trey Marshall                   S           Florida State    R            Waived

Isaiah McKenzie             WR         Georgia            2            Waived

Jordan Moore                  S           Tex.-San Ant.   1             Waived/Injured

DeQuinton Osborne       DE          Okl. State        R             Waived

Brian Parker                     TE          Albany            3              Waived

Kyle Peko                        NT          Oreg. State     3             Waived

Jeremiah Poutasi             G            Utah               3              Waived

Marcus Rios                    CB          UCLA               2              Waived/Injured

Marcus Rush                   OLB        Mich. State      3              Waived

Austin Schlottmann        G/C         TCU                 R             Waived

Antonio Simmons           OLB         Ga. Tech         R             Waived

C.J. Smith                         CB           N. Dak. St.      3             Waived

Austin Traylor                  TE           Wisconsin       2             Waived

DeAndrew White            WR           Alabama        4             Waived

David Williams                RB           Arkansas         R             Waived

DeShawn Williams          DE           Clemson          3             Waived


Player                           Pos.          College          Exp.         Transaction

Cyrus Koundjio                T             Alabama           5             Released

Clinton McDonald          DE           Memphis           9             Released

Shamarko Thomas           S            Syracuse            6             Released


Player                           Pos.          College          Exp.          Transaction

Troy Fumagalli               TE             Wisconsin        R              Reserve/Injured

Jerrol Garcia-Williams    ILB            Hawaii             2               Reserve/Injured

Jordan Taylor                 WR            Rice                 3              Reserve/PUP


* - The position breakdown of the 53-man roster is as follows: Quarterbacks (3), Running Backs (4), Wide Receivers (5), Tight Ends (3), Offensive Linemen (9), Defensive Linemen (6), Linebackers (10), Defensive Backs (10), Specialists (3).

* - Roster averages: Age (26.0), Experience (4.1), Height (6’2), Weight (246.8).

* - The active roster features 16 players who were not with the club in any capacity during the 2017 season. Included in that total are four veteran free agents, eight draft selections, two college free agents and two trade acquisitions. Two other players (TE Jake Butt & QB Chad Kelly) were designated as Reserve/NFI for the entire 2017 season.

* - For the 14th time in the last 15 years, a rookie college free agent made the team’s active roster for Week 1. ILB Alexander Johnson and RB Phillip Lindsay give Denver 22 college free agents who have made the Broncos’ active roster out of training camp since 1997.

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