The Broncos made 11 cuts yesterday to get the roster down to 77 players. The Broncos made the moves two days before the league-wide deadline to trim rosters to a 75-man squad.
Wide receiver Kemonte’ Bateman, cornerback Mario Butler, tackle Manase Foketi, quarterback Ryan Katz, linebacker Uona Kaveinga, Cornerback Nigel Malone, tight end Deangelo Peterson, defensive end Lanston Tanyi and center Quentin Saulsberry were waived by the Broncos yesterday afternoon. Wide receivers Quincy McDuffie and Greg Orton were released due to injury.
"There is not a tougher week with the cuts coming up," Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said. "Since the middle of April when we started the offseason program and all those guys worked their tails off to get to where we are right now -- now we have to basically let 35 of them go. It’s always tough to do."
Butler is the only player to be cut that has held a roster spot on an NFL team. The other 10 roster cuts were either rookies or had one full season in the NFL under their belts.
The Broncos will need to release two more players by tomorrow afternoon to get the roster down to 75 players. This Saturday is the deadline for all teams to cut the roster down to 53 players.
“That’s the toughest," wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said after Saturday's win. "You make friends with new guys and see everybody working hard. It’s not easy. It’s a 53-man roster and we’ve got like 90 now. It’s going to be tough to see guys go away just because everybody on this team competed and there’s a lot of potential out there. I wish the best to everybody.”
The Broncos wrap up their preseason campaign against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.