Denver Broncos Roster Is Down to 53

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIISeptember 3, 2011

Who made the team and who didn't? Two of the three here are on their way out.
Who made the team and who didn't? Two of the three here are on their way out.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos have announced their final cuts of the preseason on Saturday, September 3.

There's a few surprises among the lot of waived/released players. However, most of the cuts make perfect sense.

Players Waived/Released

  • WR David Anderson - Released
  • DE Jeremy Beal - Waived
  • CB Brandon Bing - Waived
  • LB Alvin Bowen - Waived
  • DT Ronnell Brown - Waived
  • G Jeff Byers - Waived
  • CB Perrish Cox - Waived
  • G Stanley Daniels - Waived
  • WR Britt Davis - Waived
  • WR D'Andre Goodwin - Waived
  • T Adam Grant - Waived
  • TE Dan Gronkowski - Waived
  • K Steven Haushka - Waived
  • DT Jeremy Jarmon - Waived
  • RB Jeremiah Johnson - Waived
  • S Kyle McCarthy - Waived
  • G Eric Olsen - Waived
  • WR Greg Orton - Waived
  • DT DeMario Pressley - Waived
  • WR Eron Riley - Waived
  • LB Lee Robinson - Waived
  • TE Dante Rosario - Released
  • RB Austin Sylvester - Waived
  • QB Adam Weber - Waived

Good news for the organization that Perrish Cox was waived today. He was a distraction to the team and did not play well during the final preseason game.

Dan Gronkowski is gone, which is great news for Daniel Fells, Julius Thomas and Virgil Green. With the waiver of Austin Sylvester, it seems the team plans on using their tight ends as a backup fullback as well. This bodes well for Virgil Green as he showed some decent ability to get in front of the tailback and make a path.

This was quite possibly the easiest cut to call, and also some great news for the team. Gronkowski was beat by almost every other TE on the field for Denver this preseason.

The waiver of WR's D'Andre Goodwin and Eron Riley may be a surprise for those who witnessed the game Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals. But the team had so much depth at this position already that it would have tough for any player to cut into the roster in the WR spot.

I hate to see Kyle McCarthy go, as he was very impressive in Denver's first outing against the Dallas Cowboys.

It also looks like Mike Mohamed made a great impression on Thursday as he was not included in the list of waived players. The injuries to Nate Irving and D.J. Williams may have had something to do with this particular decision.

Unfortunately for Britt Davis, his injury on Thursday may have played a part in giving Matt Willis a job this year. Davis showed some definite ability, but after a big dropped pass and an injury, it's certainly difficult to keep a guy on the team.

Greg Orton and Jeremy Jarmon, two players that were signed and traded for respectively during Training Camp both see their way out on Saturday.

As a final note, and the biggest surprise to me, it appears Lance Ball has taken the third running back position. Lightning-fast Jeremiah Johnson is officially unemployed, and Brandon Minor has been placed on the injured reserve. I personally never thought Ball had done enough to keep his job. Johnson did a lot to earn a spot, but that's how it goes.

Today's activities in Dove Valley signal the end of all player debates and controversies as the roster is finally set. However, the waiver wire may produce some Broncos hopefuls over the weekend. Expect the Denver Broncos to be active on the wire as they hold the No. 2 overall spot, and can take action on any player they think can make the team better.