Who is and isn’t safe for the Denver Broncos final 53?

As is the case throughout the preseason, the final score isn’t nearly as important as the individual performances within each game.

The Seattle Seahawks may be the next opponent on the Broncos’ schedule, but players are preparing to put on tape what will help determine who makes the final roster. NFL decision makers will need to trim the roster from 85 to 80 players by 4 p.m. EST Aug. 24 before making final cuts to the final 53 on Aug. 31.

With the deadlines looming, I thought it time to take a look at who has work left to do if they want to make the Broncos.

What follows are thoughts, observations, and ultimately a prediction based on the reports out of training camp, conversations with reporters, the Vikings’ game, and what I know about the coaching staff’s tendencies as far as roster construction.

Don’t confuse what you find below for a rooting interest so much as what I believe given the information at hand.

Specialist – 3

The guys: Brandon McManus, Sam Martin, Jacob Bobenmoyer

  • There’s no competition. These are the guys.

Defensive back – 10

Should be safe: Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby, Patrick Surtain II, Kareem Jackson, Justin Simmons, Caden Sterns

Seem safe: Bryce Callahan, Michael Ojemudia

Fighting in the bubble battle: P.J. Locke, Jamar Johnson, Kary Vincent, Nate Hairston, Parnell Motley, Mac McCain III, Saivion Smith, Trey Marshall

PUP: Duke Dawson, Essang Bassey

  • Dawson and Bassey remain on the Physical Unable to Perform (PUP) list and it’s
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