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MiniCamp: Time to Step it up and Win Your Roster Spot

DENVER - OCTOBER 12:  Defensive end Tim Crowder #96 of the Denver Broncos rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars defeated the Broncos 24-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
PunkusAnalyst IMay 1, 2009

The Broncos second mini-camp starts Friday and runs through the weekend.  Camp provides players the opportunity to show how valuable they are to the team, and some players have more to prove than others.  

This camp allows coaches get their first look at the incoming rookies in their own team specific drills.  It will allow coaches to compare players abilities as they work out alongside the veteran players who have been competing and learning this new system for the past month. 

Everyone is trying to make the team, from established veterans to undrafted free-agent rookies. Everyone needs to up their game. 

This is especially true for players who are holdovers from last year who were Mike Shanahan's choices to be on the team, not Coach McDaniels.  Players like J.Moss, T. Crowder, and R. Torain need to prove right now that they can contribute or they may soon be looking for work elsewhere.

Selvin Young is the latest player to find he no longer has a home with the orange and blue, and he certainly won't be the last.  Young's situation was a different one, with multiple injuries playing a role, but nonetheless his services are no longer required. 

So, Who will be next?

Career backups like LB-L.Green, CB-R.Moulton, LB-M.Haggan, S-H.D.Jones and S-V.Fox will have to fight hard to stay with the team, given the influx of rookies and the change in scheme.

And there are many undrafted free agents who will also find it difficult to stay in Denver for very long either.

It is time for all the players to take their destiny in their own hands and use this weekend's mini-camp to make a statement loud and clear that they deserve to wear the Broncos uniform. 

This is only the beginning, with a long summer of work ahead, but if the Broncos truly desire to win games, then there is no time to waste.  It starts right now.

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