The 2013 NFL regular season is just over a week away as the Denver Broncos finish up their preseason schedule by facing the Arizona Cardinals tomorrow evening in a game that has very little meaning for the fans. It is more of a last chance for the fringe or bubble players to showcase their talents to the rest of the league in the hopes of catching on a team that is suffering from a lack of depth due to an unfortunate injury.
If you are going to watch this contest with the expectation of a high scoring Bronco victory, don’t bother. The preseason is the only chance a team’s coaching staff has to truly evaluate the back end of the roster in game situations, especially the 4th contest.
For the Broncos, there will be some extended work for back up Quarterback Brock Osweiler and maybe a few other guys who are expected to make the final 53-man roster, but need the tune up because due to early Training Camp or recovering from offseason injury.
As we’ve seen through the other preseason games, the Offense and Defensive looks will be Plain Jane vanilla. Our coaches won’t be showing the playbook to this season’s opponents until the regular season. Why give the enemy a head’s up?
If you are interested in the last few roster spots on this season’s Bronco team, here are the players to watch:
WR Lamaar Thomas
Lamaar has a good chance to end up on the Practice Squad and could help his own cause with a good showing. He had a pretty good Training Camp, but as we’ve seen, the Wide Receiver depth on the Broncos is solid.
RB’s Jeremiah Johnson and C.J. Anderson
If healthy, hopefully one of these two can grab the last roster spot from Lance Ball. Jeremiah does not have any Practice Squad eligibility remaining, so this could be his last shot. C.J., a Camp favorite may not be recovered enough from his sprained MCL suffered on the last day of Training Camp.
DE’s John Youboty and Quanterus Smith
Youboty is probably a little further along in his development as a Bronco than Quanterus, because of Smith’s recovery from ACL surgery, but Quanterus is ahead of him talent-wise and on the depth chart. Smith likely has a roster spot sewn up and Youboty has already done enough to cement a place on the Practice Squad in my opinion.
DT Romney Fuga
I believe Fuga is looking to showcase his talents for a job opportunity elsewhere in the league.
LB’s Steven Johnson and Paris Lenon
Johnson is a thumper as well as a Special Teams asset. Lenon is a veteran who needs to show if he has picked up the nuances of Jack Del Rio’s Defense.
DB’s Aaron Hester, Ross Rasner and Quentin Jammer
Who gets the last Safety spot? This probably boils down to Hester vs. Jammer, youth against the grizzled veteran. Both Aaron and Quentin can play Corner or Safety. Hester is stronger as a Safety and Jammer is stronger at Cornerback.
This 4th preseason game won’t hold the interest of many, but you can always use it as a regular season tune up for your Game day Tailgate or Patio party.
– Kaptain Kirk