Just one NFL game at center was apparently enough for the Broncos to lock up Manny Ramirez through the 2015 season.
Granted, that game featured perhaps the toughest assignment Ramirez will face all year, in Ravens NT Haloti Ngata. And while Ngata was credited by PFF with two QB hurries, neither of them came at the expense of Ramirez, who had a clean grade sheet in his positional debut.
Happy Saturday, friends. In the wake of the Broncos' roster transactions from today, I looked at Twitter to get the pulse of Broncos Country. What I mostly saw was some misplaced freakouts happening. I thought I'd quickly talk you off the ledge if you're super-worried. Alternatively, if you think you know better than Johns Fox and Elway, I thought I'd let you know that you don't. All is well, Broncos fans.
I love the word kerfluffle and used it at work yesterday to describe, well, a kerfluffle. I saw a lot of this when word came out that dime-a-dozen fifth-round WR Tavarres King had been waived. How can you not have backups for the outside WRs, went the wailing.
In addition to the cuts we've already detailed over the past two days, the Broncos have placed LBs Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray on IR, released RB Jeremiah Johnson and TE Jake O'Connell, and waived T Paul Cornick, DT Romney Fuga, and S Ross "Lock" Rasner.
Once Dan Koppen was lost to a torn ACL, Lilja had returned from a brief retirement to reconvene with former Colts teammate Peyton Manning in Denver, but his own knee problems appear to have again ended his career.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have waived sixth-round tackle Vinston Painter, but hope to get him through waivers and onto their practice squad.
Klis adds that Chris Clark will stick as the main backup tackle, with left guard Zane Beadles the fourth outside option. Louis Vasquez saw some action at right tackle this summer when Orlando Franklin went down with an injury, so he figures to be the fallback beyond Beadles.
More news regarding Denver's moves is trickling in, as the deadline to reach the 53-man roster limit is now four hours away.
Meanwhile, Vic Lombardi reports that RB Jacob Hester and C Steve Vallos have made the squad. That means the team will initially carry five running backs - Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, C.J. Anderson, and Hester - we'll see if Hester sticks once Anderson returns from his MCL sprain.
Ball lost out to undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson, who has made the 53-man roster despite a sprained MCL that's kept him out of action for the past two weeks. Vic Lombardi reports that Anderson is expected to be at full speed in two weeks or sooner.
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Hours in advance of the NFL's deadline, the Broncos have gotten down to the 75-man roster limit by placing safety Quinton Carter on irrevocable injured reserve and center J.D. Walton on the regular-season PUP list.
Carter has struggled with health problems since late in the 2011 season, when he injured his left knee against the Patriots. He was placed on IR after just three games in 2012.
In advance of Tuesday's 4pm ET deadline to cut down to 75 players, the Broncos have announced 11 transactions, bringing the roster to 77.
Wide receivers Greg Orton and Quincy McDuffie were waived/injured; Orton suffered a high ankle sprain on the last play of Denver's August 3 scrimmage, while McDuffie had been slowed by a hamstring problem.