Rosterbation

Report: Broncos down to 66 on way to 53-man limit

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos trimmed their active roster to 66 players on Friday, ahead of Saturday's deadline to reach the 53-man limit.

Seven players were reportedly waived or cut: defensive tackle Sione Fua, tight ends Cameron Morrah and Jameson Konz, corners Jordan Sullen and Jerome Murphy, tackle Ryan Miller, and linebacker L.J. Fort.

Defensive end Kenny Anunike (elbow) will apparently be stashed on IR, while kicker Matt Prater is headed to the reserve/suspended list.

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Broncos acquire kicker Brandon McManus from Giants

The Broncos acquired kicker Brandon McManus (6-3, 201) from the Giants in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh-rounder.

According to Mike Klis, Denver will only owe New Jersey the pick if McManus remains the Broncos' starting placekicker beyond Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

The Giants were set to waive McManus after naming Josh Brown their starting kicker, but apparently got wind that their NFCE rival Eagles were interested in the youngster.

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Broncos place Jordan Norwood on IR

The Broncos got down to Tuesday's 75-man roster limit when they placed wideout Jordan Norwood on IR and waived defensive tackle Cody Larsen.

Norwood had been Denver's likely punt returner before tearing his ACL; Larsen spent the 2013 season on Baltimore's practice squad and signed with Denver late last month.

Rosters must be pared to the 53-man limit by 4pm ET on Saturday.

Kickers Jay Feely, Giorgio Tavecchio among latest cuts

Jeff Legwold and Mike Klis have each reported that Denver will be watching the waiver wire for kickers to step in during Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

A pair of candidates came available on Monday, as Arizona cut Jay Feely, and Detroit waived Giorgio Tavecchio.

Far be it from us to provide scouting reports on these guys, but here's what we know:

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Broncos cut 11, including Winston Justice

The Broncos cut 11 players on Sunday night, including tackle Winston Justice and running backs Brennan Clay and Jerodis Williams.

Along with the two backs, wideouts Greg Wilson and Greg Hardin, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Will Pericak, S Charles Mitchell, and QB Bryn Renner were waived.

LB Jamar Chaney and DE Chase Vaughn were let go with injuries.

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Matt Prater suspended four games over alcohol use

The Broncos are about to find out just how (un)important a placekicker is to their squad.

As first reported by Mike Klis, the team will be without placekicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the season due to an alcohol-related suspension.

Per Klis, there will be no appeal, as Prater had been facing a one-year ban as a repeat offender under the league's substance abuse policy.

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Norwood tears ACL; Broncos waive Latta

Just when the Broncos thought they had found a punt returner, Jordan Norwood suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday, and is done for the year.

Norwood had been listed behind Wes Welker at both slot receiver and punt returner, but was likely to field punts if he made the 53-man roster.

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Is DeMarcus Ware overrated and overpaid?

He surely didn't know it (nor would he care), but Monday was a rough day for DeMarcus Ware in the football analysis corner of the internet.

The tenth-year player made two dubious lists - Doug Farrar's most overrated defenders, and Jason Fitzgerald's worst contracts per team.

Farrar cites Ware's position change under Monte Kiffin as having hampered his season.

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Broncos add defensive end Sanford

Denver signed former Browns and Raiders defensive end Brian Sanford (6-2, 280) on Tuesday. He joins a long list of players who were first signed by Tom Heckert in Cleveland, and again with the Broncos.

Undrafted out of Temple in 2010, Sanford saw 108 snaps last season for Oakland and Cleveland, grading out at -2.5 according to PFF. He was officially credited with four tackles and four assists in seven games, including one start.

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Gut Reaction: First depth chart of 2014

With Denver set to open the preseason on Thursday against some squad from Seattle, the team released its first depth chart on Sunday evening.

Andrew Mason and Mike Klis have it pretty well covered, so rather than go line-by-line, we'll just share a few impressions:

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