Safety Steve Cargile
Center Greg Eslinger
Guard Mark Fenton
Quarterback Darrell Hackney
Defensive tackle Steven Harris
Wide receiver Glenn Martinez
Safety Roderick Rogers
Offensive tackle Cliff Washburn
Three offensive linemen: While the Broncos kept nine players up front on the 53-man roster, it’s important to note that three of them have been injured the last few weeks — Ben Hamilton, Ryan Harris and Adam Meadows. Above all, this is a practice squad; signing three linemen ensures that the Broncos won’t have to ask vets like Tom Nalen and Matt Lepsis to do scout-team duty against the No. 1 defense.
Glenn Martinez: Throughout Thursday night’s game, I kept noticing how often he was in place to block for Andre Hall and Selvin Young — including a solid block on Young’s fourth-quarter touchdown. He missed nearly all of OTAs and training camp with various injuries; being on the practice squad gives him a legitimate chance to show his skills while healthy. He also has return experience from his time with the Detroit Lions, so if injuries strike there, he could prove to be a helpful option.
Steven Harris: He makes three rookies from Florida on the Broncos’ defensive front.
Darrell Hackney: Since the expansion of the practice squad from five to eight players in 2004, the Broncos have usually had someone there — Matt Mauck, Bradlee Van Pelt, Kliff Kingsbury for a cup of joe and Preston Parsons. Now it’s Hackney’s turn. All the UAB product asked was a legitimate opportunity; he’ll get one now.
Steve Cargile: His versatility will prove valuable mid-week, and because he fared well as a special-teamer in games last year, he’s one of those guys that might immediately be on the 45-man game-day active list if he gets promoted to the 53-man primary roster.
Roderick Rogers: He probably would have been drafted by somebody had he not been injured in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day. As it is, he overcame missing the first week of OTAs because of final exams to find a home and give himself a chance to develop on an everyday basis.