The Denver Broncos ended the preseason portion of the 2018 season on Thursday.
The next order of business for Denver coach Vance Joseph and staff and John Elway is to cut the roster to 53 on Saturday and fill out the 10-man Practice Squad on Sunday.
From the game, we learned a few things:
Chad Kelly, the second-string quarterback and Thursday starter was adequate. He threw an interception but after reviewing the play a few times I think wideout River Cracraft was at fault, he wasn’t looking for the ball.
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Kelly made a few plays with his legs, moved out of pressure, took a couple of hits. What he didn’t show and what remains unclear is whether Chad (I refuse to call him Bling or Spark or whatever) has the chops to win real NFL games should something terrible befall Case Keenum.
With Teddy Bridgewater off-the-table and Colin Kaepernick in exile, there’s honestly no better option than Kelly at the backup spot. That being the case (pun!), maybe Denver holds on to Paxton Lynch. Lynch played well in the second-half and has been professional since his initial outburst at his demotion.
We saw that Adam Jones still has enough burst as a returner to allow the Broncos to move on from Isaiah McKenzie. The two-birds-one-stone signing of Jones was a solid, low-risk move.
I like to think that Chris Harris, Jr. was telling Phillip Lindsay on the sidelines that next year, Lindsay will be over there without pads on an that he’s got it. You know, from one undrafted free-agent to another.
Marquette King remains an enigma, what’s likely is that the veteran Broncos punter doesn’t see much value in preseason punting stats. Maybe it’s more than that, maybe King realizes that the coverage team is where a lot of young, bubble players make their name and if he’s dropping 65-yard bombs out-of-bounds at the two, well……
The game didn’t do much to move the needle as far as roster spots. The fourth running back will be an interesting call, as will wide receiver. We’re keeping an eye on inside linebacker as well as there is a talented group in the middle.