Starting O-Line May Be Here To Stay

Jeff Legwold had a good writeup about the Denver Broncos’ offensive line today. Based on what Legwold wrote, it looks like the starters for the foreseeable future will be Ty Sambrailo, Max Garcia, Matt Paradis, Louis Vasquez and Ryan Harris.

Head coach Gary Kubiak particularly praised Paradis.

“The first thing that impressed with our first group is Matt Paradis running the group,’’ Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said after Monday’s practice. “He’s got to be the quarterback. … I like the way he ran the group, thought we played extremely hard, thought we made mistakes and came back and made the next play. I just like our effort. I think if Matt can continue to hold the group together, we can continue to grow. … I like the way the first group played. They’ll stay together and we’ll keep going.’’

That’s pretty high praise for a player who spent 2014 on the practice squad.

So how many of you are getting visions of another one-time practice squad player dancing through your heads?

On another topic, Legwold notes that Vasquez played just 16 snaps. Shelley Smith replaced him. Harris didn’t play the entire first half and Michael Schofield came in for the final couple of series.

What’s exciting is that the offensive line got better as the first half continued, when Smith and Schofield started taking snaps. So it looks like those two can be good depth players, and in Schofield’s case, he could be a future starting right tackle if he keeps improving.

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Bob Morris

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