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Report: Broncos Waive 2021 Fifth-Round Safety Jamar Johnson

The first domino has fallen at Broncos HQ.
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Butting up against the NFL's mandated deadline to cut the current 90-man roster down to 85, the Denver Broncos' first cut has been revealed. According to 9NEWS' Mike Klis, the Broncos waived second-year safety Jamar Johnson. 

The roster cut might come as a surprise to some fans because Johnson was a fifth-round pick last year, and part of GM George Paton's maiden draft class. Johnson also led the Broncos in tackles in the team's 17-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night (seven/five solo), so why is he getting shown the door first? 

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Johnson has simply failed to make an impact since arriving last year. Between illness and an injury, he missed a good chunk of training camp as a rookie, but the Broncos still kept him on the 53-man roster where he was supposed to help out on special teams. Alas, he did not. 

Johnson appeared in three games for the Broncos last year, failing to register a single statistic, other than snaps. Known as a ball-hawk coming out of Indiana, the big question with him was always tackling and physicality and he's failed to show much progress in that department — Saturday night's preseason game notwithstanding. 

Meanwhile, other safeties have flourished. Johnson's draft classmate, and fellow fifth-rounder, Caden Sterns, absolutely seized his opportunity last year, earning a role on the Broncos' defense as the No. 3 safety behind Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. 

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This year, Johnson was further outshined by P.J. Locke, who really stood out in preseason Game 1. It's unfortunate that Denver is saying goodbye to a former mid-round pick so recently drafted, but Johnson wasn't cutting the mustard. 

The Broncos re-upped at safety in this year's draft, selecting Delarrin Turner-Yell in the middle rounds. Plus, the team signed veteran safety J.R. Reed in free agency. Johnson couldn't forestall Sterns, Locke, Turner-Yell, and Reid from eating out of his bowl. 

Here's to hoping the kid catches on elsewhere. 

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