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Breaking Down the 75-Man Roster

Posted Aug 27, 2013

A position-by-position look at how the current roster shapes up, with an eye on how many players at each position made the final 53 in 2011 and 2012.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The 75-man roster has been set.

That means that one preseason game and 22 more transactions lie between today and the Broncos' final, 53-man squad and the regular-season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 5.

With that in mind, let's take a look at how the roster is shaping up with just four days remaining until the roster deadline arrives.

Below is a look at how many players at each position made the opening-day roster in each of Head Coach John Fox's first two seasons and how many currently remain on the 75-man team.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Three
• 2012 WEEK 1: Two

The Rundown:
Peyton Manning -- The starter's 12 Pro Bowls are the most by a QB in league history. The 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year set Broncos single-season records in nearly every major passing category. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Brock Osweiler -- 260 passing yards this preseason with a 66 percent completion rate.
Zac Dysert -- Completed all three of his passes so far in the preseason.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Four
• 2012 WEEK 1: Five

The Rundown:
Ronnie Hillman --
Second-year pro was third on the team in rushing yards as NFL's youngest player in 2012.
Montee Ball -- The second-round draft pick leads the club in rushing this preseason, adding one touchdown.
Knowshon Moreno -- The longest-tenured back on the roster started the last six weeks of the 2012 season.
Jacob Hester -- Provides versatility, lining up as a running back or fullback. Scored two TDs in three games last season.
Jeremiah Johnson -- Recently returned to practice from a toe injury. Spent 2012 on practice squad.
C.J. Anderson -- Picked up 69 yards in his only preseason appearance. Suffered a knee sprain on the last day of training camp. Then, timeline was "up to six weeks."
Lance Ball -- Contributor on offense and special teams in each of the past three seasons. Had career-high 402 yards in 2011.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Five
• 2012 WEEK 1: Five

The Rundown:
Demaryius Thomas -- Owns the third-most receiving yards in Broncos history through a player's first three seasons. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Eric Decker -- His 22 receiving TDs are the most in Broncos history through a player's first three seasons.
Wes Welker -- First-year Bronco has caught at least 100 passes for at least 1,100 yards in five of the last six seasons. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Andre Caldwell -- Fourth on the team with four catches for 53 yards in the preseason.
Tavarres King -- Fifth-round pick has three preseason catches.
Gerell Robinson -- Osweiler's college teammate has four preseason catches.
Trindon Holliday -- Most production comes as a returner -- four total scores in 2012 including postseason. Caught two passes last season.
Lamaar Thomas -- College free agent has two catches this preseason.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Three
• 2012 WEEK 1: Three

The Rundown:
Joel Dreessen -- Ranks fifth among NFL tight ends in percentage of catches resulting in TDs since 2010. Caught five scores last year.
Jacob Tamme -- Ranked third on the team in catches and receiving yards last season, his first as a Bronco.
Julius Thomas -- Leads team with 12 catches and tied for team lead with 123 yards through three preseason games.
Virgil Green -- Saw 176 snaps on offense and 202 more on special teams in 2012.
Jake O'Connell -- Joined the Broncos on July 27. Played eight games with Kansas City last season.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Nine
• 2012 WEEK 1: Nine

The Rundown:
Ryan Clady -- Signed a five-year deal in July. Just the fourth offensive lineman in NFL history to start every game and make at least three Pro Bowls during his first five seasons. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Zane Beadles -- The only Bronco to participate in every offensive or defensive snap last season, allowing just one sack. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Manny Ramirez -- Started 11 games in 2012 at right guard. Now the starter at center.
Louis Vasquez -- Free agent signee has started all 54 games he has played and has committed zero offensive penalties.
Orlando Franklin -- Allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL among 16-game starting right tackles in 2012.
Chris Clark -- Played in all 16 games in each of the past two seasons for Denver. Has filled in with Clady recovering from a shoulder injury this offseason.
Chris Kuper -- Has allowed just 12 sacks in 78 career starts in his first seven seasons. 2012 Ed Block Courage Award recipient was taken off PUP list on Aug. 13.
Ryan Lilja -- Manning's former teammate in Indianapolis started all 15 games he played with Kansas City in 2012. Has never allowed more than three sacks in a season.
John Moffitt -- Acquired in a trade with Seattle, the third-year lineman has started 15 games in his career, including the first nine of his rookie campaign before an injury sent him to injured reserve.
Vinston Painter -- Sixth-round draft pick's first year as a starter came in his senior season at Virginia Tech. He was named honorable mention All-ACC.
Paul Cornick -- Originally joined the Broncos as as practice squad signee on Dec. 10, 2012.
C.J. Davis -- Has played in 14 games for Head Coach John Fox -- seven each in Carolina and Denver.
Steve Vallos -- Sixth-year player as played in 44 regular-season games, starting nine. Has allowed just 1.25 sacks, according to STATS Inc.
Philip Blake -- Fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Made active roster as a rookie before being placed on injured reserve after two games.
Ben Garland -- Also has experience at defensive tackle. Spent 2012 on Broncos' practice squad.


• 2011 WEEK 1: 10
• 2012 WEEK 1: Nine

The Rundown:
Derek Wolfe -- Returned to practice Tuesday from a neck injury. The second Broncos D-lineman in team history to start every game as a rookie, he notched six sacks in 2012.
Kevin Vickerson -- Set career highs with 16 games played and 14 starts in 2012, helping anchor a run defense that allowed the second-fewest yards per game in the NFL.
Terrance Knighton -- Free-agent signee has 57 QB pressures during the last three seasons, which ranked second on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Robert Ayers -- 2009 first-round pick has 6.5 career sacks and a defensive touchdown.
Malik Jackson -- Played in 14 games as a rookie in 2012. Notched a sack in the 2013 preseason.
Mitch Unrein -- Third-year player has seen action in 33 games during the last two seasons. Contributed 20 tackles, a fumble recovery and even a TD catch in 2012.
Sylvester Williams -- Denver's 2013 first-round pick, the defensive tackle was named first-team All-American and All-ACC at North Carolina in 2012.
Jeremy Beal -- Notched two sacks in 2012 preseason before being placed on injured reserve. Has a tackle for loss this preseason.
Quanterus Smith -- 2013 fifth-round pick totaled 24 sacks and 41 tackles for loss in his Western Kentucky University career.
Romney Fuga -- College free agent from BYU has a quarterback hit in the preseason.
John Youboty -- College free agent from Temple, where he earned second-team All-Big East honors as a senior.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Seven
• 2012 WEEK 1: Seven

The Rundown:
Von Miller -- Runner up for 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will be suspended the first six games of the regular season. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Wesley Woodyard -- A captain in all five of his NFL seasons, Woodyard was the only player in the league in 2012 to record at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.
Nate Irving -- 2011 third-round pick has played in 31 of a possible 32 games in his first two seasons. Currently tied for second on the team in tackles this preseason.
Danny Trevathan -- Second-year linebacker played in all 16 regular-season games as a rookie. Tied with Irving for second on the team in tackles this preseason.
Shaun Phillips -- Listed as a backup at outside linebacker and defensive end, Phillips totaled at least seven sacks in seven of his first nine NFL seasons with San Diego, including 9.5 last season.
Stewart Bradley -- Currently sidelined with a wrist injury, the seventh-year veteran has 30 career starts in the NFL.
Lerentee McCray -- College free agent from the University of Florida has a sack this preseason.
Steven Johnson -- Originally a college free agent, Johnson played 11 regular-season games and tied for the team lead with 10 special-teams tackles during his rookie campaign.
Paris Lenon -- 12th-year veteran has started at least 10 games in every season since 2005, including all 16 in six of the past seven.
Damien Holmes -- College free agent from UCLA totaled eight sacks and 20 tackles for loss in his collegiate career.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Five
• 2012 WEEK 1: Five

The Rundown:
Champ Bailey -- The longest-tenured Bronco's 12 Pro Bowls are the most by a defensive back in NFL history. 2012 Pro Bowler.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie -- Sixth-year corner owns 19 career interceptions. His teams are 15-1 when he records at least one pick.
Chris Harris -- Started the final 12 games of the 2012 regular season, allowing the fifth-fewest receiving yards and tying for the eighth-fewest completions allowed in the league.
Tony Carter -- Like Harris, recorded two defensive touchdowns in 2012. He was one of three players in the league with a fumble recovery and interception for touchdowns.
Kayvon Webster -- 2013 third-round pick was named first-team All-Big East as a senior for the University of South Florida.
Omar Bolden --2012 fourth-round pick saw action in every game as a rookie and ranked third on the team with nine special-teams stops.
Aaron Hester -- College free agent from UCLA accumulated 131 tackles, five interceptions and 23 passes defensed in his collegiate career.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Four
• 2012 WEEK 1: Five

The Rundown:
Rahim Moore -- Third-year safety ranked third on the club with 71 tackles in 2012 to go along with an interception, a fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.
Mike Adams -- The starter opposite Moore last season, Adams set career highs in tackles and passes defensed.
Duke Ihenacho -- A college free agent in 2012, Ihenacho has played his way into starter's reps throughout the preseason, notching 10 tackles and a forced fumble.
David Bruton -- Fifth-year safety ranks second on the team with 32 special-teams tackles since he was drafted in 2009. Was a third alternate for last season's Pro Bowl as a special-teamer.
Quentin Jammer -- 12th-year defensive back played cornerback in his first 11 seasons with San Diego, ranking sixth among CBs with 710 tackles from 2002-12 according to press box totals.
Ross Rasner -- College free agent from Arkansas totaled 184 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three interceptions in his collegiate career. Switched to safety from linebacker his senior season.


• 2011 WEEK 1: Three
• 2012 WEEK 1: Three

The Rundown:
Matt Prater -- The kicker ranks second in franchise history in field-goal accuracy. Signed a four-year contract in 2012.
Britton Colquitt -- The punter broke his own franchise record with a 42.1 net punting average in 2012. Signed a three-year extension earlier this month.
Aaron Brewer -- The long snapper has played in every possible game during his professional and collegiate career. Made the club as a college free agent last season.