Broncos 53-man roster cut-down tracker: CSU alum Josh Watson waived

The deadline for NFL teams to submit their initial 53-man roster to the league office is Saturday at 2 p.m. Follow along today for updates and analysis of the Broncos’ moves.

9:44 a.m. — OLB Derrek Tuszka, OT Darrin Paulo waived

The Broncos have waived seventh-round outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka according to a source. The North Dakota State alum was switching from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s also a practice squad candidate.

Offensive tackle Darrin Paulo has also been waived according to a source. Paulo was acquired last week from New Orleans via waivers.

9:34 a.m. — S P.J. Locke waived

According to his agency, safety P.J. Locke has been waived, but the Broncos are interested in signing him to the practice squad.

Locke’s release after a solid training camp is probably good news for fourth safety Alijah Holder, who missed a good chunk of camp with a soft tissue injury.

9:28 a.m. — WR Trinity Benson waived

The Broncos have waived receiver Trinity Benson according to a source. Benson spent all of 2019 on the Broncos’ practice squad.

8:53 a.m. – ILB Josh Watson waived

A source says the Broncos are waiving inside linebacker Josh Watson.

A Colorado State alum, Watson was in camp last summer and started the year on the practice squad before getting promoted.

Watson’s chances to make the initial roster this year ended when the Broncos signed Mark Barron last weekend and acquired Austin Calitro in a trade from Cincinnati on Friday.

Watson does make sense to return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

7:44 a.m. – Setting up the day

NFL rosters must be reduced to 53 players by 2 p.m. today. The Broncos’ roster currently stands at 79 players.

Some points about the day:

1. We’ll put it in ALL CAPS — today is the INITIAL 53-man roster. Chances are, the Broncos’ 53-man roster tonight won’t be the same as the 53-man roster tomorrow night.

2. Any player placed on injured reserve today is ineligible to play this year. Players on today’s 53-man roster who are placed on injured reserve Sunday can return to play. When the new CBA was authored in March, it allowed for a maximum of three players to be promoted from IR after eight weeks. Because of the coronavirus, an unlimited number of players can be brought back from IR (plus non-football injury and COVID-19/reserve list) after three weeks.

3. The two designations for today will be “released” and “waived.” Players with less than four years of service are “waived” — they must go through waivers and are subject to being claimed. Veteran players who are “released” — like Todd Davis on Friday — can sign with a team immediately.

4. The 16-man practice squad will be constructed on Sunday once the waiver claims process is complete around late morning. Six of those spots can be used for vested veterans (at least four years’ experience).