As part of the NFL's marketing strategy in conjunction with Thursday night's season opener between the Broncos and Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, "Kickoff" banners, many with Flacco's picture on them, have been placed throughout downtown Denver.

A large banner featuring Flacco's picture, several stories high, next to one of Peyton Manning, hangs on the stadium.

Asked on a conference call about the banner, Flacco said Sunday he completely understood the fans' ire.

"Ah, geez, yeah, I heard," Flacco said. "Somebody texted me a few nights back, when it first came out. I couldn't believe it.

"I think it's all deserved, I don't know if it's deserved towards me, I happen to be the guy they put up there. [But] I don't think here or anybody in our city would be too happy if we had somebody else from a different [team] on our stadium. I wouldn't expect anything different than all of the people in Denver to be pretty upset by it."

Manning called the banners "strange" this past week.

Some fans have organized an online petition to have the Flacco pictures and banners removed. The advertising space in downtown was purchased by the NFL from the Downtown Denver Partnership.

The denver broncos jerseys cheap, several people with the team say, resisted the idea of the Flacco banner hanging from the stadium, but the league overruled those objections.

"We appreciate the fans' passion and their desire to protect their team but think of this game as more of an opening ceremony, a celebration of the new season for the entire league," NFL vice president of corporate communications Brian McCarthy said last week. "This game will be viewed by an audience of millions and reflects the opening of the season. There will be similar banners hanging in Baltimore at the events there next week as well."

Quarterback Joe Flacco had no idea that a large banner with his image was hanging from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the home of the cheap denver broncos jerseys, until wide receiver Torrey Smith and a couple of his other teammates sent him a picture of the stadium via text message.

"I can't believe it," Flacco said Sunday. "I can't imagine people in our city would be too happy if somebody from another team was hanging from our stadium. I didn't have anything to do with it."

Four days before the cheap broncos jerseys host the Ravens to kick of the 2013 NFL season, the hottest topic in both Baltimore and Denver was the controversial Flacco banners -- which were part of the NFL's marketing plan for the game -- that last week popped up at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and on lampposts in downtown Denver. The banner on the stadium is several stories tall.

Flacco was peppered with questions about them on a conference call with Denver reporters and later answered several questions about them at his weekly news conference in Baltimore.

"I figure I'm getting some heat for it," he said. "But like I said, I didn't go post it up there myself."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who appears on the stadium next to Flacco, said in a Denver radio interview last week that having a banner of Flacco on their stadium "doesn't seem like it makes sense." And Denver fans voiced their concerns. Some organized an online petition.

Flacco understands why they are upset and said he doesn't mind being hated. He added that he is now a fan of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel because of how much he is scrutinized.

"It's all cool. Being hated isn't a bad thing. I don't know if I'll be too popular for [saying] this, but I don't know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel, but I feel like now everybody hates him," Flacco said of the Heisman Trophy winner. "He's quickly becoming my favorite player in college football."

Coach John Harbaugh also said he didn't understand why the NFL put banners of Flacco on Denver's stadium and that he couldn't envision a banner of Manning at M&T Bank Stadium.

"I understand why the broncos jerseys cheap and their fans would feel the way that they do," Harbaugh said. "And I know it will have no bearing whatsoever on the football game."

Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs might have been the only person in Baltimore or Denver that had not yet heard of the Flacco banners in Denver. Suggs said that he thought the story was a hoax.

"That's real? I didn't know that was real," Suggs said. "Who put it up there? The NFL? That's kind of weird don't you think?"

After 22 transactions, the Broncos have reached the league-mandated, 53-player limit with just five days remaining until their season kicks off against Baltimore.

Saturday, the team announced that running back Lance Ball, center/guard C.J. Davis, running back Jeremiah Johnson, center/guard Ryan Lilja and tight end Jake O'Connell were released as vested veterans.

Defensive end Jeremy Beal, center/guard Philip Blake, tackle Paul Cornick, defensive tackles Romney Fuga and Ben Garland, cornerback Aaron Hester, linebacker Damien Holmes, wide receiver Tavarres King, tackle Vinston Painter, safety Ross Rasner, wide receivers Gerell Robinson and Lamaar Thomas and defensive end John Youboty were all waived.

In addition, linebackers Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray and defensive end Quanterus Smith were placed on injured reserve.

Linebacker Von Miller was designated as reserve/suspended and will not count against the active roster during the first six weeks of the season.

Three 2013 NFL Draft picks were included in the weekend's transactions -- King (fifth round) and Painter (sixth round) were waived, while Smith (fifth round) will miss the season with an injury.

On Sunday, the Broncos can establish a practice squad of up to eight players beginning at 10 a.m. MDT.

Below is a quick position-by-position breakdown of the Broncos' roster and another look at the 22 transactions that helped the Broncos reach their final, 53-man roster.

Along with the 53-man roster being finalized, the official depth chart for Week 1 of the 2013 season was released Saturday.

From the starting lineup in Week 1 of the 2012 season, there are 11 new starters between the offense and defense. Click here for the full depth chart.

The first name that might jump out in the starting lineup in 2013? Julius Thomas.

The tight end worked his way into more and more repetitions during training camp -- part of his first healthy offseason as a pro -- and eventually led the team in preseason catches and tied for the lead in preseason receiving yards.

Now, Thomas has moved all the way to No. 1 on the tight end depth chart, ahead of -- in order -- Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green.

"It's extremely exciting for me," Thomas said this preseason of his role in the offense. "I've had to battle through a lot in my football career so far and I'm just really excited to be out there playing. The more versatile I can be, the more I can help my team. So I'm just looking forward to doing whatever our coaches and our team needs of me. Just trying to get some wins this season."

At running back, Ronnie Hillman gets the starting nod ahead of Montee Ball, then Knowshon Moreno, Jacob Hester and C.J. Anderson.

Hillman led the team in rushing yards during the preseason.

"I would say that the group as a whole is about as good a group as you want," Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase said of the running backs last Tuesday. "We've pretty much said, ‘Hey, this is going to be a by committee-type backfield.' We've never shied away from that and right now those three guys (Hillman, Ball and Moreno) have done a good job of handling the workload."

Also on offense, Manny Ramirez has established himself as the starting center with Steve Vallos as his backup.

Switching to the defensive side of the ball, Duke Ihenacho is another preseason standout that has now officially positioned himself as a starter. He gets the nod at strong safety alongside free safety Rahim Moore. Mike Adams and David Bruton are their respective backups, and Omar Bolden is on the depth chart as a safety behind Bruton. Meanwhile, Quentin Jammer has moved back to cornerback on the depth chart.

"I just love his aggression and his instincts," cornerback Champ Bailey said of Ihenacho earlier this month. "His whole game is pretty impressive."

With Von Miller suspended for six weeks, Nate Irving is currently listed as the starter in his place at strongside linebacker. Wesley Woodyard's move to the middle is reflected on the depth chart, as is Danny Trevathan's ascension into the starting lineup at weakside linebacker.

For the record, those 11 new starters are Thomas, Hillman, right guard Louis Vasquez and wide receiver Wes Welker on offense and defensive tackles Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton, right defensive end Robert Ayers, Irving, Trevathan, right cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Ihenacho on defense.