Denver Broncos: Players in Danger of Being Cut Soon
The Broncos, along with the rest of the league, will be forced to reduce their roster to 75 players by August 27. Less than a week later, the team will be trimmed down even further, down to just 53 players.
With that said, there are several players on the team who will need to put it all together over the course of the next three weeks and show something in preseason games.
Here is a look at some players who could receive their walking papers soon.
Greg Orton, Wide Receiver
With rookie fifth-round draft choice Tavarres King looking good in camp so far, the chances for Greg Orton to make the team are getting slimmer.
Orton caught more than 200 passes in his college career at Purdue, and he posted strong numbers in the Arena Football League as well. None of that has translated to the NFL.
Orton's best bet will be to get selected as a member of the practice squad.
Sealver Siliga, Defensive Tackle
At one point heading into the offseason, it looked like the defensive tackle position would be a weak spot for the Broncos. Then, they signed free agent Terrance Knighton before using their first-round draft choice to select Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina.
These moves have made Sealver Siliga expendable, and his days as a Bronco are likely numbered.
Siliga was an undrafted free agent out of Utah who has spent two years in the NFL.
Jeremy Beal, Defensive End
To this point, injuries have derailed Jeremy Beal's potential. Though the Broncos can use all of the help they can get from pass-rushing defensive ends this season, they still don't know what they have in Beal.
Beal was listed behind Malik Jackson on the first depth chart that has been released, which you can view at DenverBroncos.com.
Jackson and Beal will stage a fierce battle for a reserve defensive end spot in camp, but Beal definitely has some ground to make up.
Omar Bolden, Cornerback
Omar Bolden is a talented defensive back, but the Broncos are deep at the position.
Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Chris Harris and rookie third-round draft pick Kayvon Webster will all make the team. If the Broncos decide to keep just five cornerbacks, Bolden would have to beat out Tony Carter for a spot.
The team could very well elect to keep six cornerbacks, but Bolden will still need to show something in the preseason. If nothing else, contributing on special teams might keep him around.
Lance Ball, Running Back
Lance Ball has always been able to contribute in Denver when his number is called. Ball has averaged more than four yards per carry in his career and can be useful as a receiver out of the backfield.
Unfortunately for Ball, there are a number of good runners in front of him. The Broncos have Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno, who are all pretty close to guaranteed a roster spot.
The Broncos will have to make a decision of whether to keep Ball or Jacob Hester. C.J. Anderson could even figure into the mix. Either way, Ball could easily be sent packing.
Mike Adams, Safety
The Broncos were likely counting on having Rahim Moore and a healthy Quinton Carter as their starting safeties this season. What they may not have counted on was Duke Ihenacho.
Ihenacho has quietly emerged and is arguably having a better training camp than anyone this summer. Because of that, Mike Adams may be on the bubble.
Adams had a good season for the Broncos in 2012, racking up 80 tackles, which was second-most on the team. However, he had his struggles in pass coverage.
The Broncos defense needs a player who can consistently cover a tight end. Opposing tight ends regularly victimized the team in 2012.
Adams is a savvy veteran who has no doubt been helping the young safeties on the roster. Ihenacho is the wild card. If he keeps up his torrid pace in camp and the preseason, there may no longer be a spot for Adams.