The Denver Broncos were nowhere to be seen in the headlines on Sunday. This came as a surprise to almost everyone watching the Broncos preseason.
The 32 NFL teams were all required to submit their waiver wire ballets by 10 AM EST on Sunday. By the end of the day, it was evident that Denver had no moves to make.
Denver had the No. 2 spot on the waiver wire, given their position in the league last year and a strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. They were expected to have a busy day on Sunday as some of their cuts the day prior seemed a little odd.
But no waiver wire acquisitions were claimed by Denver.
Soon after the news broke out that there wasn't any news at all in Denver, the Broncos did make a move.
This all actually makes great sense, as the rules imply that when a team picks up a player on waivers they also pick up the remainder of his existing contract.
If Denver waits for the 30 teams that come after them to turn down players they can go after the players they want following the waiver and sign them on their own terms.
That's just how it worked with Jonathan Wilhite. Wilhite was cut a week ago by the Patriots and fell through the cracks as no other team felt the need to sign him.
Denver hired Wilhite as what will most likely turn out to be a nickel cornerback during the season.
As the news reached the web that Wilhite has signed with the team, we also heard that former second-round pick Darcel McBath had been cut.
McBath was one of the many perceived busts drafted by former head coach Josh McDaniels. McDaniels struggled in his first draft, and this has become more evident as another one of his picks gets the boot. McBath joins Richard Quinn and Alphonso Smith as failed draft picks.
The Broncos also announced their 2011 practice squad. The squad is full of talent, and each player certainly deserved a spot somewhere with the team. Each of the players that made a serious impact in the preseason, but found their names on the waivers list Saturday, have found their way back on the field.
- DE Jeremy Beal
- WR D'Andre Goodwin
- T Adam Grant
- RB Jeremiah Johnson
- S Kyle McCarthy
- WR Eron Riley
- RB Austin Sylvester
- QB Adam Weber
This is one talented practice squad.
Both D'Andre Goodwin and Eron Riley had a great game against the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday. They each displayed some serious ability to run with the ball and make Lloyd-esque circus catches.
Jeremiah Johnson was my favorite to make the team ahead of Lance Ball. Ball eventually won the position, but it's still good to know that Johnson won't be far if we need him.
Kyle McCarthy was a victim of over-staffing at the safety position, but now retains the chance of making his way on the field down the road.
With defensive injuries piling up, it's great to know that a quality defensive end resides on our practice squad and can be called up to the real game any time we need him.
After a quiet waiver day I would expect that Denver will sign one or two more players over the course of the next week before stepping into Sports Authority Field at Mile High next Monday night. John Fox will need to show everyone that he and his coaching staff made the right decisions with the roster this year.
I think the Broncos are on the right track.
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