Week 1 of the 2022 NFL preseason kicked off this week, marking the return of live football. The Denver Broncos open their slate of exhibition games on Saturday night with a clash against the Dallas Cowboys at 9 p.m. ET.
Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett hopes to put forth his best roster possible to remain competitive in the AFC West. Several Denver players will be fighting for their jobs against the Cowboys with hopes of being on Hackett's final 53-man roster.
Here's a look at three Broncos who are fighting for their jobs in Saturday's matchup against the Cowboys.
Broncos Roster Rumors
1. Montrell Washington,WR
When Tim Patrick tore his ACL at practice, rookie Montrell Washington is one wide receiver that stepped up. The 2022 fifth-round pick has been displaying solid playmaking skills at training camp and has a real chance to begin the year as Denver's No. 4 WR. In fact, Washington has a real chance of fighting for the No. 3 spot as well since K.J. Hamler is returning from a major injury. With the Cowboys usually being a bad preseason team, there's no better opportunity than tonight for Washington to make a case for a bigger role in Denver.
2. Malik Reed, LB
Last month, Broncos insider Jeff Legwold reported that linebacker Malik Reed could be on the roster bubble. While the 26-year-old was about average last year, Denver has a crowded LB room that includes the likes of Bradley Chubb, Randy Gregory, Alex Singleton and Nik Bonitto, just to name a few. Assuming the group can stay healthy, there's a possibility that Reed won't see the same 13 starts that he saw in 2021. After missing a career-high 10.4% of tackle attempts last fall, Reed truly needs to step up if he wants to fight for his job.
3. Brett Rypien, QB
Quarterback Brett Rypien is set to duke it out with Josh Johnson to become Russell Wilson's backup. Though Rypien has been in the Mile High City since 2019, he hasn't looked anything special in his limited action, recording 295 passing yards and two touchdowns to four interceptions in four games (one start). Meanwhile, Johnson brings 37 games and nine starts of experience to the table. The 36-year-old racked up 57 completions for 638 yards and five TDs to two INTs in four games with one start last year, proving that he could be an upgrade over his counterpart. Unless Rypien impresses, his time as a Bronco could be nearing its end.
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