The Denver Broncos wrap up the preseason this Thursday night when they host the Arizona Cardinals at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Broncos will then have to cut their roster down to 53 players on active/inactive lists by 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
As of Monday the Broncos have already started cutting their roster down, when the team announced the release of defensive lineman Zach Kerr and linebacker Dekoda Watson. The Broncos have significant depth on the defensive side of the ball and with the release of Kerr and Watson, the Broncos have shored up $3.5 million in cap space.
Some fans may remember that the Broncos re-signed Kerr to a 2-year contract in the off-season and may wonder why the Broncos would cut the veteran lineman. The Broncos also traded a 5th round pick in the 2019 draft for Watson and a sixth rounder from the San Francisco 49ers. So why cut two veteran players who they appeared to be interested in keeping? Cap-space and the depth many young players have brought to Denver’s line and secondary.
While this is just the start of the Broncos pre-season purge, it does show that no one is safe from the 2019 cut.
In other sports the Colorado Rapids lost to the Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. Colorado’s striker and the leagues fifth all-time leading scorer Kei Kamara earned a red card Saturday evening in the 89th minute which gave Salt Lake a boost just before their game sealing goal.
The St. Louis Cardinals swept the Colorado Rockies over the weekend losing 8-3 in game one; 6-5 in game two and 8-3 in game three. The Rockies played a rescheduled game with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, which ended with a walk-off homer by Ryan McMahon, beating the National League East top team.
The Rockies have struggled since the All-Star break and have zero chance at making the playoffs however, they, in recent weeks have taken on the name “las cucarachas,” in response to their not-so-stellar second half of the 2019 season.
The Denver Nuggets are less than a month and half a way from the start of the preseason. While other professional sports teams in Colorado have struggled through the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the Nuggets appear to have the most promise in their upcoming season. The Nuggets have managed to catapult their spot in the Mid-Summer Power Rankings to number two just behind the L.A. Clippers as a result of their off-season acquisitions. What makes the Nuggets all the more scarier to the rest of the NBA is that they are a fairly young team with 12 players 25 years old or younger. The Nuggets are primed to be one of the league’s best teams and Nuggets fans are excited about the season.