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3 Broncos That Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2022 Season

Devon Platana
Three Denver Broncos players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season.
Three Denver Broncos players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos were constantly in the headlines to begin the NFL offseason, making move after move with the ultimate goal being a Super Bowl next season. The roster certainly looks better compared to last year, but only time will tell how things play out.

Offseason transactions don't always play out as expected and the Broncos can't afford for that to happen if they want to stay strong in a competitive AFC West. Some tough decisions must be made once training camp begins, leading to certain players having their dreams crushed before the new campaign even kicks off.

Here are three Broncos players that won't be on the roster to start the 2022 NFL season.

Broncos Roster Rumors

1. Travis Fulgham, WR

The Broncos decided to bring back wide receiver Travis Fulgham in January when they gave him a future contract. Unfortunately, things aren't looking good regarding his prospects of cracking the 53-man roster. He only appeared in one game with the Broncos last season and wasn't even targeted once. He owns a lowly 54.3 career catch percentage and hasn't done much outside of recording 539 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2020. With the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and even K.J. Hamler ahead of him, it's hard seeing Fulgham in the Week 1 lineup.

2. Mike Purcell, DT

Mike Purcell is no longer the player he once was and a big part of that is due to injuries. He's missed 14 games over the last two seasons, causing his performance to drop off as well. With the Broncos signing fellow defensive tackle D.J. Jones to a three-year, $30 million deal in March, the writing could be on the wall for Purcell if he doesn't impress during training camp. He's signed until the end of the 2023 campaign, but Denver can save nearly $2.8 million by cutting him, which can then be used to add more depth to a position that actually needs it.

3. Brett Rypien, QB

Brett Rypien has been with the Broncos since going undrafted at the 2019 NFL Draft but hasn't accomplished much. His sole start came in 2020 and even though he isn't the worst backup quarterback, Denver's signing of Josh Johnson this offseason likely pushes Rypien back into the third-string role. Johnson has 37 games (nine starts) of NFL experience since 2009 and can even contribute as a rusher. It doesn't make sense for the Broncos to carry three QBs, nor does Rypien have much to offer, likely leading to him not being on the roster once the 2022 season starts.

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