The Denver Broncos took the field for last time before the start of the regular season on September 5th. The Broncos would succumb to the St. Louis Rams late with a 32-24 loss Thursday night. With the loss, the Denver Broncos finished their final preseason record to 2-2, which most won't be able to recall five months from now.
Airing on the side of caution, the Denver Broncos would rest nearly every expected starter Friday night. Running back Ronnie Hillman would be the only possible starter on offense that saw any time at all. Hillman ran the ball twice for 14 yards. That would be enough for head coach John Fox, who would pull Hillman after his 2nd carry. Hillman has struggled with fumbling this preseason, which has hurt his chances to start.
Of the backups that did play, there were a few Broncos players that shined.
Wide receiver Gerrell Robinson was one of those players. Despite a few drops, the second year player out of Arizona State finished with 5 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown on 8 targets.
Robinson needed that performance. The Denver Broncos are extremely deep at wide receiver with Andre Caldwell, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker with almost certain to grab the first 4 roster spots. The Broncos are expected to keep one more receiver, maybe two at the very most. The Broncos are quite high on 2013 5th round pick WR Tavarres King, who is likely to be kept on the roster. The Broncos can hope to put Robinson on the practice squad. However, Robinson must pass waivers for 31 other teams before the Broncos can put him on the squad. With his performance, it's rather unlikely the Broncos will get that chance. So if Denver really wants Robinson, they better give him of the 53 spots.
Quarterback Zac Dysert showed promise against the Rams in the second half of the game as well. Dysert finished his night going for 9-20 with 163 yards and touchdown. He finished with a passer rating of 90.2.
Much like Robinson, Dysert finds himself in a tough situation. In training camp and in preseason, Dysert has done well enough to make this team. However, the Denver Broncos may only keep two quarterbacks on the active roster. Those spots will be given to Peyton Manning and 2012 2nd round pick Brock Osweiler. The Broncos also have the option to attempt to move Dysert to the practice squad. In a quarterback driven league, young quarterback that perform well on tape are generally don't last on waivers.
Every team in the NFL must cut their rosters down from 75 roster spots to the final 53 roster spots by Saturday. The Denver Broncos aren't exempt, so they will have some tough decisions to maul over today. WR Gerrell Robinson and QB Zac Dysert will be tough of the tougher decisions the Broncos will have to make. We will see whether they make this team or not in less than 24 hours.