The Broncos' initial 2017 active roster, listed in numerical order by uniform number. (AP Images)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --The Broncos waived 30 players and terminated the contracts of four others, including safety T.J. Ward, as they trimmed their roster at the deadline Saturday.
All of the Broncos' draft picks from the last two years made the team in some capacity. Each 2016 draft pick and five 2017 selections made the 53-man roster. Three rookies are injured and are on reserve lists: Wide receiver Carlos Henderson will start the season on injured reserve because of a torn ligament in his thumb, while tight end Jake Butt and quarterback Chad Kelly will remain on the non-football injury list because of injuries suffered before the Broncos drafted them.
Once again, the Broncos had an undrafted rookie make the first 53-man roster of the regular season, as Jamal Carter made the team as one of the team's four safeties. Carter is one of seven players on the 53-man roster who originally joined the Broncos as a college free agent.
Thirty-three of the players on the active roster were either drafted by the Broncos or originally signed by the team as college free agents, including 16 projected first-teamers.
Twenty-seven of the players on the 53-man roster are age 25 or younger. Twenty-six have three or fewer years of experience, with 15 players in their first or second seasons on an active roster.
"We're always trying to draft and develop ... and find young guys," President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. "You're always looking for that youth, and developing it.
"We're fortunate to have the youth that we do have, with a good group of core veterans for leadership purposes, too."
|DE||Nelson Adams||R||Mississippi State|
|S||Dante Barnett||R||Kansas State|
|C||Dillon Day||1||Mississippi State|
|OLB||Vontarrius Dora||2||Louisiana Tech|
|OLB||Ken Ekanem||R||Virginia Tech|
|OT||Cedrick Lang||1||Texas-El Paso|
|OLB||Danny Mason||2||Texas A&M-Commerce|
|NT||Kyle Peko||2||Oregon State|
|WR||Kalif Raymond||2||Holy Cross|
|WR||Hunter Sharp||1||Utah State|
|QB||Kyle Sloter||R||Northern Colorado|
|WR||Carlos Henderson||R||Louisiana Tech|