The Denver Broncos are less than three weeks away from opening training camp before the 2022 season.
The Broncos will soon present their full roster of 90 players to spectators at the team’s practice facility in Englewood. This will be where the evaluation of this team, one of the most anticipated in the history of the franchise, will really begin.
New head coach Nathaniel Hackett and his staff will work with general manager George Paton to formulate the best possible list of 53 players to head into the regular season with. The Broncos will play a three-game preseason schedule that begins Aug. 13.
The team will face tough decisions in this process and there will be several players who are more than cut out to play in the league who will be left out. Some of these players will transfer to the team’s practice squad while others will be taken off waivers by other teams in the league.
Here are the five places where those decisions will be the hardest.
Tough roster decision for No. 1 Broncos: Offensive line
The Broncos have several talented offensive linemen on this roster and there will no doubt be players left off the roster that the team would like to keep. The competition will also be tough as the only place likely to be locked before camp will be at left tackle where Garret Bolles will return to his starting role.
At right tackle, Billy Turner, Calvin Anderson and Tom Compton will all be in contention for the starting position. It’s in the center and at the guard points that things will get most interesting.
Lloyd Cushenberry will come into camp as a starting center, but he’ll face competition from rookie Luke Wattenberg. The team could also choose to place Graham Glasgow or Quinn Meinerz in this role.
Meinerz and Glasgow will likely be in the squad no matter what too, so where will that leave guys like Ben Braden and Netane Muti?
Dalton Risner is also there and will be one of the presumed starting goalkeepers, but he also remains a legitimate trade candidate for the team.