Broncos cuts begin with receivers Mark Chapman, Jordan Leslie

DENVER -- Nowhere do dreams die harder than the NFL. When players fail to make a team, it can often be the last time they wear pads. No minor league exists for development, casting the NFL as a gladiator sport. Friday, the process began with 1,184 players losing their jobs over the next few days. A scant few will land with new teams, and a battery will fall onto practice squads. Many will not.

"Back-to-back years of leading a team in receptions/yards and still being cut," tweeted former Broncos receiver Jordan Leslie. "Crazy business."

With the Leslie move, the Broncos began shaving their roster -- it must be trimmed from 90 to 53 players by 2 p.m. Saturday -- with expected names. I will keep a tracker here and update throughout the day.

Players cut:

OFFENSE

WR Jordan Leslie, WR Mark Chapman, WR Bryce Bobo, WR John Diarse, OT Jeremiah Poutasi, OL J.J. Dielman (waived/injured), OL Austin Fleer

DEFENSE

CB Marcus Rios (waived/injured), CB Michael Hunter, OLB Marcus Rush, DE Antonio Simmons, DL DeQuinton Osborne, DE DaShawn Williams. 


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