Right now, with 11 CBs currently on the roster, the Broncos are certainly stocked with CBs, indeed far more CBs than they can possibly take into the 53 man roster.
Obviously the starters are Champ and Tracy Porter, but beyond that there are a lot of question marks. Starters highlighted in Yellow. Probable backups in Orange.
Post your thoughts as to who might make the roster and what impact you see them making this season.
Here's a breakdown from today's Post:
First, there were FIVE CBs on the 53 man roster at the start of last season. Of these Champ, Cassius Vaughn and Chris Harris are returning."I don't think you can ever have too many corners with a lot of the multiple-receiver sets that you get — and we will get with the types of quarterbacks that we have on our schedule this year," Broncos coach John Fox said.
• Champ Bailey: 14th year, starter.
• Tony Carter: Backup and special teams in 2011.
• Chris Harris: Nickel cornerback and special teams in 2011.
• Syd'Quan Thompson: Missed 2011 season with torn Achilles tendon.
• Cassius Vaughn: Backup and special teams the first half of 2011. Spent second half of the season on injured reserve.
• Drayton Florence: Longtime starter signed with Broncos last week after being cut by Buffalo.
• Tracy Porter: Starting right cornerback from New Orleans, only 25 years old.
• Joshua Moore: Played three games for Chicago in 2010.
• Ramzee Robinson: Played for Detroit, Philadelphia and Cleveland from 2007-09.
• Omar Bolden: Fourth-round draft pick from Arizona State.
• Coryell Judie: Undrafted out of Texas A&M.
The Broncos might keep 6 CBs this year given Fox's attitude, but this is uncertain. In favor of the idea that the Broncos will keep 6 is they need a roster spot for Omar Bolden, who is likely to be the replacement for Eddie Royal as KR/PR.
Bolden is an interesting case. Normally 4th-7th round picks are for special teams and if he can return kicks, he fills a valuable space and despite being very raw from missing his entire senior season, he probably makes the 53 man roster as a Special Teams player. If he doesn't impress as a KR then they will probably try and slip him onto the developmental squad and it's likely they would succeed since nobody would claim him.
If I'm right and the Broncos keep 6 the first obvious thing is that the roster is stocked with veteran CBs. In addition to starters Champ, and FA acquisition Tracy Porter the Broncos also added Drayton Florence, a 32 year old 10 year veteran mostly spent with the Chargers. He would make an adequate Nickel Back unless some younger player is impressive enough to take that spot in the pre-season.
New veterans include Ramzee Robinson has been in the league for 4 seasons now as a backup in Detroit without impressing and Joshua Moore who was out of football in 2011 and is back for a look.
Neither are locks to make the roster though.
That would leave 2 more roster spots for CBs and 8 guys fighting for those spots.
Tony Carter and Chris Harris: I'm not down on Harris, but clearly the Broncos are trying to upgrade from him, hence all the CBs added. I'd not be surprised to see both cut in training camp.
Among Broncos backups, undrafted 2010 FA Cassius Vaughn might be the most interesting. He played decently until he was injured in the 2nd half of last season. He will have an uphill struggle to maintain his roster spot, but there's no reason to think he can't do it.