Broncos likely not done tinkering Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pending any potential waiver claims, trades, or signings, the 53-man roster and depth chart have been set.

Waiver claims (for players with fewer than four accrued seasons) are due by Noon ET today, and then the team can begin to construct its practice squad. Adam Weber, Ben Garland, Sealver Siliga, Adam Grant, Rafael Bush, Gerell Robinson, Cornelius Ingram, Jerry Franklin, Mike Mohamed, and Greg Orton would all appear to be viable candidates for the eight-man crew.

Of the fifteen unvested players Denver waived yesterday, only Syd'Quan Thompson is ineligible for the practice squad.

John Elway (video) spoke yesterday evening about the decisions involved, noting that Tony Carter had beaten Drayton Florence out and will be the team's fourth corner, ahead of Omar Bolden. He said the team is happy with the progress of Knowshon Moreno and Jim Leonhard, and it's hoped the improving health of Julius Thomas will allow the young TE to finally contribute something.

Of course, Elway says the depth is much improved over where it was when he took over, especially on defense. But it's obvious from his comments that Keith Brooking was kept to balance out what is a very youthful linebacking corps, what with Nate Irving, Danny Trevathan, and Steven Johnson holding one year of experience between the three of them.

He didn't exactly sound enthused about keeping Caleb Hanie, and made clear the QB's position on the team is a tenuous one.

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Virgil Green says he will remain in Denver during his four-game suspension, and it's probably safe to say D.J. Williams will be dyme-hunting in other parts, during what is currently a six-game ban but likely to be lengthened.

According to Jeff Legwold, the Broncos are far less than comfortable with their depth along the offensive line (as they should be), and will strongly consider players cut by other teams to improve it.

Mike Klis suggests the team could also be interested in picking up a wide receiver from elsewhere.

Earlier in the summer, Brock Osweiler paid a visit to a longtime Broncos fan in his dying days. (h/t ButteBronco)

Trimmings

Among the players Kansas City cut yesterday were their two 2012 seventh-round picks and onetime Broncos DT Amon Gordon. Oakland kept LB Aaron Curry on the PUP list and cut KR Roscoe Parrish, whom they had picked up off San Diego's trash heap only days earlier. Both the Chiefs and Raiders are expected to be active with waiver claims and/or swapping out players for new free agents.

Niners QB Josh Johnson joins Brian Hoyer (Patriots), Sage Rosenfels (Vikings), and Josh McCown (Bears) among interesting QB names who were cut yesterday; St. Louis cut Kellen Clemens and former Denver pick Tom Brandstater.

Cleveland traded safety David Sims to Philadelphia for a conditional pick; Arizona dealt CB A.J. Jefferson to Minnesota; New England placed newly signed KR Jeff Demps on IR under what some are calling suspicious circumstances.

Scrapple

Khaled Elsayed surveys the veteran cut list for a few players he thinks still have something to give.

Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of Bill Barnwell's assessment of the most valuable players in the NFL while factoring in age and contract; Peyton Manning (50) and Von Miller (20) are the two Broncos among Barnwell's top 70.

Jim Trotter's AFC West predictions include an 8-8, third-place finish for the Broncos; he cites Denver's schedule and a lack of depth on defense for his reasoning.

Drew Magary on Shanny's crew; Christmas Ape on the Bucs, plus more Tom Brady memery.

Along with Chase Stuart's trivia question for the day is tough one, and a reminder that Peyton Manning would be the first QB in history to win a SB with two different franchises if he does so with Denver.

Of the bubble players to make the 53-man roster (for now), which surprised you the most?

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