The big news of the weekend revolves around the players who didn’t make the final roster.
But what about those who did? Here’s a first breakdown of the Broncos’ 53-man roster.
QUARTERBACKS (2): Jay Cutler (R), Jake Plummer.
Denver released Preston Parsons along with Van Pelt, leaving them with two quarterbacks on the season-opening 53-man roster for the third time in the last four years. The team carried three quarterbacks into the 2004 campaign, but quickly went back to two by moving Matt Mauck back to the practice squad.
RUNNING BACKS/FULLBACKS (5): Mike Bell (R), Tatum Bell, Cedric Cobbs, Kyle Johnson, Cecil Sapp.
Johnson has made the roster as a full-time fullback in each of the last three seasons, but once again the Broncos have at least one fullback who can move over to tailback in Sapp. Other fullbacks on the 53-man roster who could swing over to the other backfield slot in recent years include Mike Anderson (2002, 2003) and Reuben Droughns (2002, 2003, 2004) … Tatum Bell is the only one of the Broncos’ three running backs to have started in the NFL, but his starting experience is limited to the regular-season finale at San Diego last year … Tatum Bell has 1,317 rushing yards in the NFL; Cobbs has 50, Mike Bell, of course, has none as a rookie.