There’s still plenty of time before the Denver Broncos narrow their 90-player roster to reach the Final 53. Center battles will work on themselves with small camps, OTAs, training camp, and even pre-season.
However, even with all this time to figure out who he is, it’s safe to say that Team Broncos roster will contain a lot of new faces. With the advent of a new coaching staff, many of the former coaching staff’s favorite players can suddenly find themselves untied and looking outside.
These players will have their chances, but if the battle is close, the new crew will go with their man over the old team’s preference. This can open the way for many new faces to make up the list.
Who are some of the old guard’s favorites, and why are they likely from the outside looking inward?
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Jonathan Harris | DL
When looking at old employees’ favorites, Harris stands out. Vic Fangio worked with him in Chicago and then brought him to Denver and continued his development. Although Bill Collar is part of the team and has been primarily working with Harris, there is a new defensive coach named Marcus Dixon.
In his limited disposition, Harris has never shown enough to justify Denver’s hold on to him, which must change for new employees.
Terry Cleveland | WR
As a seventh-round pick in 2020, Cleveland was able to contribute to special teams and made some minor offense contributions. Denver appears to have the best four receivers, leaving a battle for one reception spot and a returning specialist.
Although Cleveland offers the ability to return, he tells us that Denver didn’t take refuge there. He’s managed to hold on to the old staff, but in fierce competition and not do enough to stand out, the old system’s recruiting selection might be on its way out.
Natani Al-Moati | And
The reasons for the muti are simple. Mike Manshak was part of the reason why Denver drafted The Giver, and now the coach is gone. The giver was a perfect fit for the old scheme, but the changes introduced were not in his favour.
A new scheme, new coaches, and the lack of the front office he crafted could put him off the beaten path.
Queen Bailey | extra time
Billy was a project for Manchak and couldn’t work his way up from where he started on the depth chart. As the new crew moves in to improve the offensive tackle depth, that’s a bad sign for Bailey.
Mike Purcell | DL
There is no variety with Purcell in the defensive line, which is not a good thing. Broncos effectively replaced it with free shipping agent DJ Jones, who has a lot more versatility. Unfortunately, Denver will not have enough defensive combinations that will put Purcell and Jones on the field at the same time to justify the cost of Purcell.
The old coaching staff was a huge fan of Purcell, one of the people you rooted for. However, the business side of football and a new coaching staff could mean a change of scenery is coming for the big man.
Malik Reed | OLB
This is the one who is likely to get the most heat, but Red isn’t as good as his production suggests. However, he has a lot of experience, which makes him a good piece for the trade market, probably.
All of Denver’s top three gates are installed, except for the unexpected trade of Bradley Chubb, and only two are left open. Jonathon Cooper showed just enough and was a current front desk pick, and there was praise from GM George Paton for Aaron Patrick, too.
Reed appears to be on his way out without the old staff, which indicates how reluctant the Broncos were to put the original tour’s restricted free agent tender on him. However, the lack of interest from other teams may make it difficult to trade him.
Reed’s experience might be enough to keep him in Denver, but that’s it.
Isang Basi | DB
Bassey looked like Fangio’s attempt to find the next Bryce Callahan, but that failed miserably. Bassi saw a fair amount of work as a rookie before ripping off his ACL and leaving much to be desired.
The new staff didn’t have much contact with Bassey and brought in plenty of options to replace him.
Britt Ribbian | QB
Rypien has been a favorite among the old staff because of his football IQ, which is something to be reckoned with. However, the Broncos only have three players on the roster, and they are very likely to keep them all on the 53-man roster.
So Rypien will probably have better chances of committing to the new staff, but they can also keep quarterbacks and hope to sneak Rypien into the coaching staff.
Andrew Beck | FB / TE
The old coaching staff seemed to love having Beck as a linebacker, but he only got 55 attack shots, and was mostly a special team player. However, there was an effort to improve the SS unit, and Beck was not a good SS player.
Plus, it’s easy to swap out his attacking role, which can be done with rookie third Greg Dolch, free agent Eric Tomlinson, or recently re-signed Eric Sobert, depending on different situations. So not much is necessary to keep Beck moving forward.
Justin Strnad | pound
The Strnad was a day three rooster for the old front office and was made with the old coaching staff in mind. When the team had to turn to him last year as a starter after injuries to Josie Jewell and Alexander Johnson, Strenad seemed out of place.
It was tough on Strand on the court, and he had no one to draft him into his corner. With what Button and the new coaching staff have done at the center back, it likely could be the end of Strenad’s tenure in Denver.
Barrington Wide | pound
Wade was brought in at the beginning of August last year and only watched the field in special teams. There is a question as to whether or not Wade’s addition was a move by Paton to appease Fangio.
If that was the case, it was likely that Wade from the outside was looking inward. If not, there may be a chance of staying on the coaching staff, but the list is unlikely either way
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