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3 Broncos Veterans on the Roster Bubble in Training Camp

Devon Platana
Three Denver Broncos veterans who are on the roster bubble in training camp.
Three Denver Broncos veterans who are on the roster bubble in training camp. / AP Photo/David Zalubowski

After an offseason filled with improvements, the Denver Broncos are viewed as one of the top contenders ahead of the 2022 NFL season. After all, that's what happens when you bring in a proven winner like Russell Wilson to take over the reins under center.

Even though the Broncos look solid on paper, head coach Nathaniel Hackett has some tough decisions to make at training camp. Players are going to have their dreams crushed in the coming weeks, including veterans who aren't doing enough to hold on to their respective roster spots.

Here are three Broncos veterans who are on the roster bubble in training camp.

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1. Brett Rypien, QB

Journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson signed with the Broncos back in March to compete with Brett Rypien to be Wilson's backup. While Rypien should have the inside edge due to his experience with the organization, his job is hardly safe. The 26-year-old has only started one career NFL game (back in 2020), throwing for just 295 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. While Johnson is hardly an eye-popping talent, he did attempt 85 passes between the Jets and Ravens last season, throwing for 638 yards and five TDs to two INTs in four games (one start). If Rypien can't himself apart in training camp, Johnson could realistically steal his job.

2. Malik Reed, LB

Veteran linebacker Malik Reed is a player that Broncos insider Jeff Legwold listed as being on the roster bubble just last month. It isn't that Reed has been bad. He has 13 sacks and 96 tackles in his last 30 games. The issue is that the Broncos' LB room is pretty stacked and the newly-signed Randy Gregory's presence pushes Reed further down the depth chart. Reed also doesn't carry any dead cap space if he's bought out, meaning the Broncos can save over $2.4 million by moving on from the veteran defender.

3. Ben Braden, OG

The Broncos need the best offensive line possible to succeed, which could mean bad news for Ben Braden. The veteran offensive lineman has yet to start an NFL game despite participating in 16 contests over the last four seasons. He's played just eight offensive snaps in his career compared to a total of 103 when it comes to special teams. There are already several interior linemen ahead of Braden on the depth chart, leaving him with an uphill battle to prove himself. $965,000 comes off the books if he's waived, meaning there's an incentive for the Broncos to part ways if he fails to impress.

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