Broncos Briefs: Center job won, work just starting for rookie Lloyd Cushenberry

The way Lloyd Cushenberry sees it, the work is only beginning.

The Broncos’ training camp-long center competition ended with Cushenberry, a third-round rookie from LSU, beating out Austin Schlottmann and Patrick Morris.

“Winning the starting job was a goal for me coming in, obviously, but it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning,” Cushenberry said before practice Tuesday. “I have to work 10 times harder to keep the starting job and prove I belong here.”

Schlottmann made the roster as a reserve guard/center and Morris was signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers.

Cushenberry will be the Broncos’ third Week 1 center in as many years, following Matt Paradis (now with Carolina) and Connor McGovern (now with the New York Jets).

“He just kept improving,” head coach Vic Fangio said of Cushenberry. “It was a close battle all through camp. We think he’s ready for it and will keep improving and learn by playing. A little bit of this is (looking into the) crystal ball (in) that we think he’ll keep improving and develop into a good center.”

Cushenberry’s last game was LSU’s national title win over Clemson in January. His next assignment is the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

“My main focus (during camp) was just going out there and being physical and showing I have the mental capacity to make the calls,” he said. “It wasn’t really too much I couldn’t handle. Both (mentally and physical), I felt I made big strides every day.”

Injury report. The Broncos practiced in the fieldhouse Monday because of cold temperatures and a snow-rain mix outside.

Right guard Graham Glasgow (right ankle) and outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (left knee) both took part in drills during the media viewing period.

“We’ll see where they’re at and go from there,” Fangio said before practice. “I feel like they’ll be fine as the week goes, but it’s still a fluid situation.”

A new injury is inside linebacker Mark Barron, who sustained a hamstring injury last Friday. Fangio said Barron and receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring) are “highly questionable” for the Tennessee game. Minus Barron, the Broncos have Joe Jones and recently-acquired Austin Calitro as the back-ups to Josey Jewell and Alexander Johnson. Calitro participated in his first practice on Tuesday.

Footnotes. Fangio said he will again designate captains on a game-by-game basis instead of having season-long captains. … Three players traded or cut by the Broncos last week all made their new teams’ initial roster: Cornerback Isaac Yiadom (New York Giants), defensive lineman Christian Covington (Cincinnati) and outside linebacker Justin Hollins (Los Angeles Rams). … The Titans signed outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on Monday. He has one sack in two career games against the Broncos.