Broncos: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
8/30/08
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Posted by ESPN.com' s Bill Williamson

Biggest surprise: Spencer Larsen made the team and he could be a help on both offense and defense. He was drafted as a linebacker but the team has used him at fullback as well. Larson played some linebacker Friday night at Arizona. With Larsen, Denver has eight linebackers, which is highly unusual. Denver only has four healthy running backs, so Larsen could also be used there. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie Brett Kern won the punting job. It wasn't a surprise because of his fine preseason but undrafted rookie punters are fairly rare.

No-brainer: Wesley Woodyard made the team as an undrafted linebacker out of Kentucky. Woodward was destined to make this team since the offseason. He had a terrific camp and was a tackling machine in the preseason. Expect Woodyard to make an instant impact on special teams.

What's next: The Broncos will likely look to add a running back in the coming days because undrafted rookie Anthony Alridge, who had 110 yards rushing Friday night against the Cardinals, is out for the season with a left foot injury. If there is running back who the Broncos think will fit, they could make a waiver claim Sunday. Denver only has four healthy running backs: Selvin Young, Andre Hall, Michael Pittman and rookie fullback Peyton Hillis. It wouldn't be a shock if the Broncos investigate Rudi Johnson, who was just cut by the Bengals.

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