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Gut Reaction: Broncos Waive 5 Players

You can't keep 'em all.
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The Denver Broncos were mandated to whittle their current 90-man roster down to 85 players by 2 pm MDT on Tuesday. Little more than an hour removed from the deadline, and we know which five players were handed their walking papers. 

It's a 'necessary evil' and the worst thing about the jobs NFL coaches and general managers hold. But alas, you can't keep them all. 

Who did the Broncos waive, and what is the takeaway from each cut? Let's dive in. 

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kaden Davis (13) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Travis Fulgham (15) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.
Denver Broncos safety Jamar Johnson (41) celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams following a preseason game at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos tight end Rodney Williams (86) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.

Bottom Line

With the exception of Jamar Johnson, the Broncos didn't have an investment in the players let go on Tuesday. Each player who was released hailed from a position group rife with competition.

The guys initially shown the door by Denver simply didn't show enough to justify sticking around beyond this first wave of cuts. But each player had his opportunity to prove he belonged. 

The NFL isn't called the 'Not For Long' league for nothing. A young player's window to catch on and stick, irrespective of draft pedigree, is finite. It's carpe diem in the NFL, and this handful of players was unequal to his opportunity. 

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The Broncos have to whittle the roster down to the final 53 players by 2 pm MDT on August 30. With two more preseason games left to go, the competition for what open roster spots remain will continue to take shape. 

Next up for the Broncos is a preseason road trip to take on the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. 

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