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In 2008, current Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard entered training camp as an undrafted, undersized rookie free agent out of Kentucky. He was a long-shot to make the roster.
He ended the 2008 pre-season as the most impressive player on the roster, and flash forward three years later, he's one of Denver's starting linebackers.
Almost every year you have a player who enters training camp as another body on the preseason roster but ends up having an impressive preseason to the point that he makes the opening day 53-man roster.
Who will it be this year?
Among the candidates at the moment are linebackers Mike Mohamed and Danny Trevathan, running back Mario Fanin and WR Eric Page.
Mohamed played a couple of games for the Broncos in 2011 after having been a late-round draft pick. He can play just about any linebacker position, and whether he makes the roster or not will largely depend upon the performance of Danny Trevathan.
Trevathan enters training camp as the 2012 sixth-round draft pick. During organization team activities, Trevathan played the role of a starting linebacker in the nickel defense. If Danny can find a role in passing down situations, there is no doubt that he'll make the roster. With D.J. Williams' suspension and Joe Mays' inconsistencies as a starting linebacker, Danny can fill a gap for the Broncos.
RB Mario Fanin is a long-shot to make the roster as there are numerous backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
With McGahee and Hillman having two roster spots locked up, that leaves one RB spot open.
With the inconsistencies of the backs in front of him, Fanin can easily emerge as a threat. Fanin has lightning-fast speed, having ran the 40-yard dash at 4.37 seconds. The reason he went undrafted in 2011 was due to fumbling problems at Auburn.
With the exception of Jeremiah Johnson, of all of these backs on the fringe, Fanin is the only guy who has true playmaker ability as a runner.
WR Eric Page comes out of the University of Toledo as an undrafted free agent who set records at Toledo and was named an All-American in 2010 as a sophomore.
Remember receivers in recent years such as Blair White, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon, who entered as unknown and unheralded players?
As soon as these three receivers played with Peyton, they had success.
Does anybody doubt that if Page makes the roster, he can have the same amount of success with Peyton?