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Notebook: 'The Hardest Part'

Posted Aug 29, 2011

Head Coach John Fox discusses the pains of roster cuts; Adam Weber hopes to see playing time.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As the Denver Broncos near their fourth and final preseason game, the team is starting to get ready for the season, and that means doing something that most coaches don't like to do.
 
Let players go.
 
Denver released one player and waived six more Monday to satisfy the NFL requirement that the roster be trimmed to 80 players by Tuesday. Cornerback Nate Jones was released, while running back C.J Gable, linebackers Braxton Kelley and Deron Mayo, guard Shawn Murphy, tackle Curt Porter, and defensive end David Veikune were waived.
 
"It's never easy," Head Coach John Fox said. "It's just like firing somebody at your job; it's never easy, because you're telling a guy he's no longer with you. You get close to guys; we spend a lot of time together."

"It's the hardest part of this job."
 
While Denver couldn't fit those players on the eventual 53-man active roster, other teams might be able to. Last year, for example, the Broncos picked up defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. Vickerson went on to start 12 games and play in all but one.
 
Fox said that a player's ability to quickly learn a playbook will be a big factor in determining if he can make a team elsewhere.
 
"Everybody's football character is different," Fox said. "Some people pick things up faster, so how fast they pick it up will determine whether they make the (new) team."
 
FIRE UP THE WEBER
 
Quarterback Adam Weber hasn't received any playing time in Denver's first three preseason games, but that could change Thursday at Arizona.
 
Fox hasn't said his plan in terms of how much playing time each player will get, but the rookie is preparing himself in case his number is called.
 
"I'm hoping to get out there and get a couple good series in, but I know nothing is promised. I'm going to prepare like I'll play a lot, but however the game goes, we'll see, I anticipate to play a couple series," Weber said. "In my situation, I'm three plays away from being out there. That's the way I look at it. You never want to go out there and not have your stuff together because you're letting down 10 other guys."
 
Weber said he's going to spend more time watching tape and working on his mental game this week in order to put together a solid performance should he get in.
 
"I'll use a little bit more positive imagery and imagine myself making plays out there," Weber said. "Hopefully I will get out there on Thursday and I can (make plays) in a game situation, put some good stuff on tape and hopefully earn a spot on this team."
 
Weber joined the club as an undrafted college free agent at the beginning of training camp. Even with three veteran quarterbacks already on the roster, Weber welcomed the opportunity Quarterbacks Coach Adam Gase and Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy gave him.
 
"They felt like I'd fit into the system," Weber said. "They didn't make any promises to me, and I appreciated that. They said, 'We think you'll fit in here, but whatever happens is up to you,' and that's what I appreciated. A lot of the time, the undrafted guy doesn't really get reps, but I feel very lucky that I get to go out there (in practice) and show these guys that I can play a little bit."
 
Weber said his goal is to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, no matter how long it takes.
 
"I feel very lucky and fortunate to even be here right now," Weber said. "My ultimate goal is to be a starting quarterback, but you have to take small steps to get there and if that's practice squad then so be it. I don't mind putting in my time. Any way I can help these guys out, help this team out, I'm more than happy to do."