The full list of released players is as follows:
Quarterbacks: Darrell Hackney, Preston Parsons.
Fullbacks: Kyle Johnson.
Running Backs: None.
Wide Receivers: Glenn Martinez, Marquay McDaniel, Quincy Morgan.
Tight ends: None.
Offensive linemen: Emmanuel Akah, Greg Eslinger, Mark Fenton, Kevin McAlmont, Chad Mustard, Cliff Washburn.
Defensive linemen: John Browning, Steven Harris, Jimmy Kennedy.
Linebackers: T.J. Hollowell, Cameron Vaughn.
Safeties: Steve Cargile, Roderick Rogers.
Cornerbacks: Bill Alford, Kevin House.
Blog addendum (9:10 p.m. MDT)
OK, back with a few more notes on the roster before skedaddling to a previously-scheduled engagment for a few minutes, then home for a blessed night’s rest:
1) THE BACKFIELD:
Paul Smith is the only “pure” fullback on the roster, but let’s not forget all of Cecil Sapp’s experience at fullback the last few years. The fact that Sapp lined up at fullback on Thursday could prove to be a telling sign. We’ll see whether Mike Bell stays at fullback or whether Thursday was just a chance to see what he could do. We also saw quite a few one-back, two-tight end sets from the Broncos this preseason, and they ran well from the formation, particularly on the opening drive against San Francisco.
Even if you count Sapp as a fullback, the Broncos nevertheless kept more running backs this year than at any other year in the Shanahan era. Denver carried three running backs into the last three seasons and two in 2003 (of course, that year, fullbacks Reuben Droughns and Mike Anderson had running-back experience, and each would have 1,000-yard seasons there in the years to come.)
2) TIGHT ENDS-A-PLENTY:
The Broncos kept five tight ends, which is nothing new; this is the third consecutive year and fourth year in the last five the Broncos kept five at the position coming out of training camp. The interesting question revolves around what the depth chart will look like. Nate Jackson has been listed as the fourth-team tight end, but he started each of the first three preseason games along with Daniel Graham.
3) QUITE A FEW UP FRONT:
The Broncos carry nine offensive linemen into the regular season for a second straight year; however, three have been injured for at least the last three weeks (Ben Hamilton, Ryan Harris, Adam Meadows). Meadows had worked his way onto the first team at right tackle during the practices at Dallas just over two weeks ago before he injured his calf muscle.
4) SECONDARY SWINGMEN:
While the Broncos officially kept five cornerbacks and four safeties, it’s really six cornerbacks and five safeties, since Curome Cox can handle corner duties and Foxworth can play some safety, as he did last December and again on occasion during training camp.
5) LINE EXPERIENCE:
Even with three rookies and a pair of second-year players, Denver’s defensive line still averages 4.56 years of experience. That’s what having a 14-year veteran like Sam Adams can do. The other question is — how much will we see of the rookies when the Broncos go to Buffalo?
Practice squads can be named Sunday. Until then, vaya con Dios.