Trying to predict the 53-man roster is never easy. I can only imagine how difficult it is for the coaches to trim it down as the preseason progresses. But that's one reason why they get paid the big bucks, right?
I purposely waited until after the first preseason game before making my FIRST 53-man roster prediction for the Denver Broncos. I say first because my roster will likely adjust as the preseason progresses based on game performance, player acquisitions and injuries.
So, without further ado here is my prediction for the 2013 Denver Broncos 53-man roster:
QB (2): Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler
RB (4): Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, CJ Anderson
WR (6): Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Andre Caldwell, Tavarres King, Quincy McDuffie
TE (3): Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme, Julius Thomas (Virgil Green makes roster if either Dreessen or Tamme can't go for season opener)
OL (9): Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, Manny Ramirez, Louis Vasquez, Orlando Franklin, Ryan Lilja, Chris Clark, Vinston Painter, Philip Blake (Chris Kuper returned to practice this week, but I am still not confident in his ankle to be ready in time for the season opener.)
DB (10 - 6 CB, 4 S): Champ Bailey, D. Rodgers-Cromartie, Chris Harris, Tony Carter, Kayvon Webster, Omar Bolden, Mike Adams, Rahim Moore, Duke Ihenacho, David Bruton. (Quentin Jammer will be cut before the final preseason game. The Broncos will keep Quinton Carter before they keep Jammer. Neither made my 53-man roster. For me it came down to Carter or Steven Johnson (LB). Johnson made my roster).
LB (6): Von Miller, Wesley Woodyard, Stewart Bradley, Nate Irving, Danny Trevathan, Steven Johnson. ("No Shaun Phillips???" you ask. See my DL picks)
DL (9 - 4 DT, 5 DE): Derek Wolfe, Kevin Vickerson, Terrance Knighton, Sylvester Williams, Robert Ayers, Shaun Phillips, Mitch Unrein, Malik Jackson, Quanterus Smith.
K - Matt Prater, P - Britton Colquitt, LS - Aaron Brewer, KR - Trindon Holliday