Denver Broncos Roster 2012: Breaking Down the Broncos First Round of Cuts
This rule leaves teams with 22 additional players that will need to be cut following the fourth and final preseason game in order to get the rosters down to 53 men to start the regular season.
The Broncos, who started the day with 88 active players on their roster, made their first move when they placed injured defensive end Jason Hunter on the injured reserve (IR) list. Hunter is a great contributor on defense and a veteran on the defensive line, yet a team can obviously not keep a player on the roster who may not return until December.
Depending on how the season goes and how well Hunter recovers, he could return to the field by late November or early December.
The Broncos then waived 12 players from a wide range of positions. These players were:
Elliot Coffey, linebacker
Mark Dell, wide receiver
Cameron Kenney, wide receiver
Anthony Miller, tight end
Cyril Obiozor, defensive end
Xavier Omon, running back
Anthony Perkins, safety
Mike Remmers, offensive tackle
Ramzee Robinson, cornerback
Austin Sylvester, fullback
Austin Wuebbels, guard
Lonie Paxton, long snapper
As is usual with this first round of preseason cuts, the players were dispersed pretty evenly. Of these players, all but Paxton and Omon were fairly expected cuts. Safety Anthony Perkins, who attended the University of Colorado, was an undrafted rookie that the team was excited about, yet the competition at the safety position prevented him from ever finding his niche on the team.
Cyril Obiozor had been getting solid report cards out of training camp, yet he clearly wasn't able to stand out amidst the many very talented pass-rushers that Denver employs.
The good news for these cut players is that they have gotten some time in three preseason games and now have tapes for their agents to show other pro scouts. For an undrafted rookie, these tapes are a huge asset in possibly securing a job elsewhere.
The biggest shock of the day definitely came in long snapper Lonie Paxton's release. Paxton is a 12-year veteran and was part of a very successful special teams unit last season. Paxton, holder Britton Colquitt and kicker Matt Prater worked as one fluid unit, en route to Prater having another very successful season and obtaining Denver's franchise tag.
Undrafted rookie Aaron Brewer, who played college ball at San Diego State, will replace Paxton this season as the team's long snapper. The move to ditch a veteran and go for an undrafted rookie is always risky, so Brewer must have really shown the coaches something special. The long snapper may not be the sexiest position on the field, yet it's one of the most unique and difficult positions to perfect.
Running back Xavier Omon, who had seven carries for 36 yards and a score against the Chicago Bears in Week 1 of the preseason, was another shocking release. He was by no means a shoe-in to make the team, yet his production in that game led many to believe that he could squeeze in. He didn't play in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, so he could have gotten injured.
His release bodes very well for running back Knowshon Moreno, one of Denver's most polarizing players.
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