ENGLEWOOD—As it turns out, Lorenzo Doss was one of those players who would occasionally arrive late to meetings.
Multiple sources told 9News that when the third-year cornerback was late to a meeting Thursday morning, he became a Thanksgiving Day transaction. The Broncos waived Doss before practice Thursday, ending his three-year term with the team.
A ballhawk every year in training camp, Doss never could consistently cut through the No Fly Zone for playing time, anyway.
"We're trying to get better as a football team, that's simply it,'' said Broncos' head coach Vance Joseph in a noticeably clipped response to Doss' exit.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Tulane, Doss only dressed for 15 games in his three seasons with the Broncos, including just three times this year.
Doss, 23, was an instinctive type who liked to jump routes – his two pick sixes on Mark Sanchez during the 2016 camp helped Trevor Siemian win the Broncos’ starting quarterback job -- but he would also occasionally get beat.
Not a big cornerback at 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, it wasn’t easy for Doss to find playing time when the Broncos’ secondary boasted arguably the league’s best cornerback trio in Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby.
Brendan Langley, a third-round rookie, has emerged as the No. 4 cornerback in part because he is also a quality special teams player.
The Broncos’ roster currently sits at 52 players.
Roby seeks redemption
There was a period following practice Wednesday when Roby sat quietly alone at his locker in the row of defensive back lockers, watching football film on his iPad.
Sometimes studying helps and sometimes it can be a drawback. On that double move, 29-yard touchdown in which Cincinnati Bengal receiver Alex Erickson burned Roby?
There was reason why Roby bit on the first part of the route on the third-and-4 play.
“They had never shown that route all season,’’ Roby said Wednesday after he was interrupted from his film study. “Every time they had motioned to that side they had always done a “follow” route. It was third and short. I was thinking follow – I took it away with my body but I didn’t protect just in case they did something else. And they did something else.’’
Earlier in the drive, Roby was banged in his helmet but he stayed in. Had he had a chance to do it over again.
“I was going all over the place,’’ he said. “It was just one of those type drives. Don’t want to make excuses. I got to learn from it.’’
Roby was also victimized later in the game on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green.
“Had two plays and unfortunately at corner every mistake you make, everyone sees it,’’ Roby said. “I wish I could have them back but I’m going to learn from my mistakes. I’m a prideful guy. Didn’t sit well with me. Still doesn’t sit well with me. But that’s the game. You’re going to get beat sometimes.You have to learn and keep moving.’’