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The Broncos have their 53-man roster, at least for now

Aug 31, 2019, 3:42 PM
Denver Broncos linebacker Josh Watson #54 warms up at UCHealth Training Center on July 29, 2019 in ...
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(Photo by Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

With five preseason games in the books, the Broncos had plenty of opportunities to evaluate the 90-plus players who spent time with the team during training camp. In the end, they used that process to settle on the final 53 who would make the roster.

On Friday and Saturday, a trade, a free-agent acquisition and a host of cuts trimmed the roster. And the moves might not be done yet, with a couple of players headed to injured reserve before the weekend is out.

But as of now, here are the 53 players who made the Broncos 2019 roster:

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OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Joe Flacco
Drew Lock
NOTE: Lock is headed for IR, meaning another quarterback will be added

RUNNING BACKS (4)
Phillip Lindsay
Royce Freeman
Devontae Booker
Theo Riddick
NOTE: Riddick is headed for IR

FULLBACKS (1)
Andy Janovich

TIGHT ENDS (4)
Noah Fant
Jeff Heuerman
Troy Fumagalli
Jake Butt
NOTE: Butt is headed for IR

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Emmanuel Sanders
Courtland Sutton
DaeSean Hamilton
Tim Patrick
Juwann Winfree
River Cracraft

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)
Garett Bolles
Dalton Risner
Connor McGovern
Ron Leary
Ja’Wuan James
Elijah Wilkinson
Jake Rodgers
Austin Schlottmann

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DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)
Derek Wolfe
Shelby Harris
Adam Gotsis
Dre’Mont Jones
DeMarcus Walker
Mike Purcell

LINEBACKERS (10)
Von Miller
Bradley Chubb
Todd Davis
Josey Jewell
Justin Hollins
Malik Reed
Joe Jones
Alexander Johnson
Josh Watson
Corey Nelson
NOTE: Nelson is expected to be signed soon

DEFENSIVE BACKS (9)
Chris Harris Jr.
Kareem Jackson
Bryce Callahan
Justin Simmons
Will Parks
Isaac Yiadom
De’Vante Bausby
Duke Dawson Jr.
Trey Marshall

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SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKER (1)
Brandon McManus

PUNTER (1)
Colby Wadman

LONG SNAPPER (1)
Casey Kreiter

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This group of 53 is notable for a couple of reasons:

1. The active roster features 18 players who were not with the club in any capacity during the 2018 season. Included in that total are seven veteran free agents, six draft selections, two college free agents and two trade acquisitions.

2. For the 15th time in the last 16 years, a rookie college free agent made the team’s active roster for Week 1. Outside linebacker Malik Reed (Nevada) and inside linebacker Josh Watson (Colorado State) give Denver 24 college free agents who have made the Broncos’ active roster out of training camp since 1997.

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