On Sunday, just one day after the Denver Broncos’ preseason win against the St. Louis Rams, the Broncos cut 11 men, to trim their roster to 77 players. They will have to cut two more before Tuesday to meet the required 75-man roster deadline. The most notable of the cuts was cornerback Mario Butler who spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys last year, but all the others were either rookies or first-year players.
The other men released were Wide receiver Kemonte’ Bateman, tackle Manase Foketi, quarterback Ryan Katz, linebacker Uona Kaveinga, cornerback Nigel Malone, tight end Deangelo Peterson, defensive end Lanston Tanyi and center Quentin Saulsberry were waived Sunday afternoon. Wide receivers Quincy McDuffie and Greg Orton were waived/injured, according to denverbroncos.com
“There is not (a tougher week) with the cuts coming up,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway told CBS at halftime of Saturday’s preseason game. “Since the middle of April when we started the offseason program and all those guys worked their tails off to get to where we are right now — now we have to basically let 35 of them go. It’s always tough to do.”
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas spoke out about the cuts Saturday after the Broncos’ 27-26 win.
“That’s the toughest.You make friends with new guys and see everybody working hard. It’s not easy. It’s a 53-man roster and we’ve got like 90 now. It’s going to be tough to see guys go away just because everybody on this team competed and there’s a lot of potential out there. I wish the best to everybody.”
In other news, the fight for the starting running back position is heating up after Hillman’s fumble in the preseason game against the Seahawks, and rookie Montee Ball scoored a 1-yard touchdown Saturday against the Rams. Ball had 43 yards on 14 carries, while Moreno averaged 6.6 yards per his five carries. The next, and final preseason game is Wednesday in Denver against the Arizona Cardinals.