Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
Veteran cornerback Drayton Florence is good enough to get picked up by another team.
"Cut day" came as it always does: swift and unrelenting. 22 Broncos lost their job or were placed on a reserve list. Most of these cuts were very predictable, yet a few of them were quite surprising. Read ahead for the complete list of the August 31 cuts.
The following three players are either suspended or placed on IR.
Jeremy Beal, DE
Defensive end Jeremy Beal was placed on injured reserve.
Virgil Green, TE
Tight end Virgil Green is suspended for the first four games of the season for failing drug tests.
D.J. Williams, LB
Linebacker D.J. Williams is suspended for the first six games of the season for failed drug tests.
The following 19 players have been waived/released from the team.
Jamie Blatnick, DE
Blatnick is an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State. He's not a bad defensive end, but Denver's depth at this position prevented him from getting a spot.
Rafael Bush, S
This is one of the more surprising cuts. Bush is a very strong and athletic player with a lot of versatility who I originally predicted would be one of the last five players to make the roster. In the end, however, the competition at safety was too strong.
Drayton Florence, CB
This is the most surprising cut. Florence is a veteran cornerback who Denver signed in the offseason to play as a backup to Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter. He signed a contract that indicated he was here to stay, but in the end, Denver opted to go with youth at the cornerback position.
Jerry Franklin, LB
Franklin had some potential to make the time, since linebacker is Denver's thinnest position. They ended up keeping Steven Johnson as an undrafted rookie linebacker.
Ben Garland, DE
Defensive end Ben Garland was never in the running to make the final roster.
Adam Grant, T
Adam Grant sat near the bottom of the tackle depth chart throughout the whole preseason. His release is no surprise, as all the backup offensive lineman have looked poor for Denver.
Ryan Harris, T
Harris has been in the league for a few years. He was in the running to make the final roster, but ultimately got ousted by veteran Manny Ramirez, tackle Chris Clark, and rookie Philip Blake, who can play the center position as well as guard.
Jason Hill, WR
The competition was always tough for Hill, yet I thought Denver might have kept six receivers. Unfortunately for Hill, they only kept five, and Matthew Willis got the nod, mostly likely since he's a returner as well. Hill has great potential to be signed by another squad.
Tony Hills, T
I thought Hills had a shot at the team, but he hasn't looked as good in preseason as some of the more versatile offensive lineman.
Duke Ihenacho, S
Ihenacho has great potential and is an exciting player to watch, yet the safety position proved too competitive, especially after the signing of veteran Jim Leonhard.
Cornelius Ingram, TE
Aside from Anthony Miller, who was cut earlier this week, Ingram sat near the bottom on the tight end totem pole.
Jeremiah Johnson, RB
This was a tough cut. Jeremiah Johnson is an extremely skilled and strong runner, and many would argue that he's in the same ballpark as Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno. Unfortunately for Johnson, he boasts the least impressive resume of the three, and is not as skilled a pass-catching back.
Mike Mohamed, LB
Mohamed was ultimately beaten out by veteran Keith Brooking and undrafted rookie Steven Johnson for one of the last linebacker spots.
Greg Orton, WR
There's a very good chance that Denver brings Orton back for the practice squad. He's looked good in preseason.
Gerell Robinson, WR
Gerrell Robinson's cut comes as no surprise. He clearly was not up to par with other receivers on the roster.
Sealver Siliga, DT
Siliga was part of a much too crowded and competitive defensive line, and he never did anything to establish himself as essential.
Syd’Quan Thompson, CB
I was hoping that Denver would find a way to keep Thompson. He's an extremely athletic cornerback and a decent punt returner as well. He's been fighting injury, however, and this most likely contributed to his dismissal.
Wayne Tribue, G
Tribue was never a front runner to make the team. The offensive guard played college ball at Temple and was an undrafted rookie.
Adam Weber, QB
Many people considered Weber to be a better quarterback option then Caleb Hanie to be kept as the team's third, yet the Broncos already paid Hanie and are likely impressed with his experience.