You know how there's no way so-and-so isn't going to clear waivers?
Well, maybe the talent around the league is better than one might have thought.
Or, teams (and players) favor familiarity and continuity over most else.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Sorry for the delay in the Lard today. I didn't know I'd be filling in for Doug until about an hour ago, so I had to rush from my pedicure to my laptop.
Better late than never, right?
First, the Broncos were much higher on Juwan Thompson than expected (my view: they are lower on Ronnie Hillman, despite his position on the depth chart). Second, Mitch Unrein beat out Kevin Vickerson.
As expected, the Broncos got down to the 53-man limit by waiving tight end Gerell Robinson, wideout Bennie Fowler, and corner Louis Young.
RB Juwan Thompson and WR/returner Isaiah Burse made the final cut as undrafted rookies.
Sixth-round center Matt Paradis was the only 2014 draftee to be waived, while Kevin Vickerson and Duke Ihenacho went from Week 1 defensive starters in 2013 to cut in 2014.
The Broncos have waived another of their recent draft choices, this time center Matt Paradis.
Paradis was selected in May out of Boise State, but sat behind veterans Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery on the depth chart.
Neither of the rookie free agents out of Colorado State has stuck on the team, as Denver has waived running back Kapri Bibbs.
Bibbs, who tied for the most touchdowns in the country in 2013, scored three times in the preseason, including twice at Dallas on Thursday night.
Ihenacho's cometlike Denver career took him from an undrafted rookie in 2012 to an opening day starter in 2013.
Denver has waived 2013 seventh-rounder Zac Dysert, who had served as their third-string quarterback last season and this summer.
That leaves only Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler at the position.
Painter spent most of the season on the Broncos' practice squad, but was promoted late in the year to prevent San Francisco from poaching him.
In a confirmation of their newfound defensive line depth, the Broncos have released veteran tackle Kevin Vickerson.
Big Vick totaled 108 tackles, five sacks, one interception, seven passes defensed, and two forced fumbles in 47 games (41 starts) over four seasons with the team.
After Brandon McManus's scattershot performance on Thursday, the Broncos are working out more young kickers on Saturday.