Some first thoughts about the Broncos 53 man roster:
1. Adam Jones should be the week 1 returner.
It did not take long. Jones' signing last Sunday marks the end of two 2017 designs: WR / PR Isaiah McKenzie and CB Brendan Langley. Jones, 34, is the best option left to return punts, which made McKenzie expendable. And Jones should start the season as the # 4 corner, which put Isaac Yiadom in 5th place and Langley off the list.
. 2 They do not like their design for 2018, they love it.
The effect of proceeding from so many drafting picks for 2017 is that the Broncos have decided to keep so many of their 201
. 3 Speaking of the draft of the 2017 class …
Langley, McKenzie, WR Carlos Henderson and RB De'Angelo Henderson were all cut. Having to give up two penalties (C. Henderson / Langley) is particularly punitive, as you have to count on this round to find starters and they must use the picks to redesign at these positions. Had C. Henderson stayed healthy last year, they might not have moved Hamilton. Had Langley developed better, they might not have designed Yiadom. If they believed in D. Henderson, they might not take Freeman.
. 4 Find a sense of De'Angelo Henderson's release.
Judging by today's social media, Henderson was cut through by the train, which earned the fans' fury, and RB Devontae Booker was not cut off. The Possible Reasons to Keep Booker Instead of Henderson: The Broncos will have the rookies Freeman and Phillip Lindsay in the Running Back Room and they prefer someone with experience (Booker has 253 attempts to hate, Henderson only seven). That's the only defense we can make for this election.
. 5 Versatility is one of the offensive line backups.
Jones can play guard and center. Elijah Wilkinson can play tackle and guard. Billy Turner can play tackle and guard. This trio made the roster as the offensive Lineman No. 7-9 instead of Cyrus Kouandjiio, who played left tackle only during the preseason. (And do not forget to turn on the right-hand guard, Connor McGovern, who hit the middle of the second team in the middle of the camp.) We were surprised that Jones made it because a back injury prevented him during the preseason and he would probably have waived.
. 6 Only a few cuts were surprising.
We had DL Clinton McDonald as the seventh defensive lineman, but he was cut. Just last week, coach Vance praised Joseph McDonald's interior pass-rush capability and he had a sack in the Chicago preseason game. The other cut, which was half surprising, was TE Austin Traylor, who had blocked well (for our untrained eyes) and showed some receptivity during the camp (ditto).
. 7 10 defensive backs make sense; six in linebackers not so much.
The Broncos held five cornerbacks and safecies proce. That's understandable, considering how many cents (three corners / three securities) they play, the injury story of S Sua Craven and Yiadom Youth (Redshirt Year). But six inside linebackers? Interesting considering only Brandon Marshall is an ever-down player. But that was an allusion to the special teams (Joseph Jones / Bierria) and the potential of a player (Alexander Johnson).
8 You have some players who can run in special teams.
The Broncos are likely to count on Bierria, Johnson, Yiadom, Hamilton, Lindsay, CB Tramine Brock, and WR Tim Patrick to transform their special teams. There will also be two new returnees (Adam Jones at PR and Lindsay at KR). That's a huge amount of sales.
. 9 Do not be surprised that Paxton Lynch is on the list.
Paxton Lynch will start the season as the third quarterback of the Broncos. The Broncos would have been entitled to cut him and go with Case Keenum and Chad Kelly. But it's hard to give up a first round. That's why Lynch stays.
10th The Broncos are not allowed to be made.
The Broncos are the fifth in the order of picking tomorrow and that will allow them to sail the league for quality players. Do not exclude her with 2-3 players.