The Lockout is over!!!!
Man does it feel good to say that, now let us get to the business of football, not the legal jargon.
Rosters are going to have about 90 players during the start of training camp and that number will dwindle as the preseason rolls on and the season creeps closer.
This being a business we know that players will and do get cut on a regular basis. Now I understand that Denver has not been able to fill their 90 man roster quite yet, but here are 10 players who I believe will be on the roster bubble fighting for a job once head coach John Fox begins to bark orders.
It is going to be a wild next month and a half before the season starts, but I am glad it is back.
Lance Ball will be on the roster bubble come the end of training camp and the preseason. He had a good opportunity to make a splash on the team with a litany of injuries to the running back position, but he never was able to make a mark.
In 41 rushing attempts he managed 158 yards in 10 games for a 3.9 yards per carry average, not a terrible statistic, but nothing worth making him a number two behind Knowshon Moreno. Head coach John Fox told the media that running back would be a priority and if they bring in a quality back via free agency, Ball will have to fight for his job.
With Moreno, LenDale White, Spencer Larsen, and a free agent or two coming in, Ball is going to have to prove that he belongs on this squad.
The Notre Dame product Kyle McCarthy fought his way for a practice squad spot and eventually made his way to the active roster later in the season.
He is a gamer who does not have much speed to rely on, but his instincts are very good along with his hands. He will have to show that his smarts can get him in front of receivers and his hands on the football if he wants to make a John Fox led team.
Top right hand corner of the picture is Britt Davis.
Davis does not have a catch in the NFL as of yet and he is going to have to show something to Fox this next month if he hopes to catch a pass on Sunday.
Davis lacks the crispness of coming out of routes, but he has been working with Orton and Tebow this lockout season and he is poised to be a contributor aside from special teams.
A tough job to take away from a pretty decent core of receivers the likes of, Brandon Lloyd, Demaryius Thomas, Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal, and Eric Decker.
With the drafting of Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter the safety position on the Broncos roster is looking pretty hefty with Brian Dawkins, Renaldo Hill, David Bruton, Kyle McCarthy, and Darcel McBath.
That is a lot of safeties, now HIll will most likely be released, McCarthy isn't a big threat, but McBath is ging to have to battle for a spot.
He has battled for the last couple years, but it seems he may be on the verge of getting cut with the group lined up at safety. He only played in seven games last year and it seems that Bruton is the better of the two. McBath may be suited elsewhere if he wants a chance to play because Denver does not seem like a good home for a safety looking to play.
Daniel Coats in on the bubble due to the log jam of tight ends on the roster and the addition of two rookies via the NFL Draft.
Coats has no connection with John Fox and Fox has not attachment to Coats. He is going to have to fight for a spot and prove he can be a valuable contributor to a young group in a vital position.
For all the same reasons as Britt Davis, Matt Willis is just unlucky when it comes to the Denver Broncos because they are loaded at talent with their receiver corps.
Willis is an excellent player with good speed, but it is just tough to out play and beat one of the veterans at the wide out spot. I love watching Willis in the preseason, but I know he will not contribute on a consistent basis on Sundays.
He is constantly on the roster bubble and will be there once again.
Dan Gronkowski is on this list due to the same reason Daniel Coats is on the list, but even so because he did not play all that consistently last year for the Broncos.
Gronkowski is a nice player in the passing game, but he struggles at times in the run game, which John Fox is going to make a priority based on his track record.
A guy I really like and pull for, but has his work cut out for him.
A player who got beat often last year and who was not very good at all in run support. Renaldo Hill will definitely be fighting for a roster spot by the time final cut downs are made.
Hill, I do not expect to be on the roster during training camp, but has the chance of being with the team due to his veteran savvy.
I think he understands the pressure he is under with two rookie safeties coming in.
Nate Jones signed a $4.33 million contract over four years last year for the Denver Broncos. He recorded 57 tackles and three passes deflected, that is it.
Jones was pretty much invisible for the Broncos and will be looking to fight for a spot behind Champ Bailey, Perrish Cox, Andre Goodman, and Syd'Quan Thompson.
Fox will definitely bring in some cornerback help for competition and Jones will need to step up in the next month.
Spencer Larsen is a player who will do whatever it takes to stay and make it on a team which is a great attitude to have, but when you are not standing out and being great then you start to become replaceable.
Fox will look to add a true fullback and Larsen is going to have to pick a position and stick to it so that he can excel and become a prominent figure on this team.
I may be wrong on this one, but pending who Fox brings in, Larsen will be struggling for a roster spot.