Broncos name Garett Bolles starting left tackle
After naming Trevor Siemian the team’s starting quarterback on Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph named another offensive starter.
“Garett Bolles is going to be the left tackle, for sure,” Joseph said. “He’s won that job.”
Bolles (6-5, 300 pounds) was selected by Denver 20th overall out of Utah in this year’s NFL draft. He’s been competing with players including Ty Sambrailo and Donald Stephenson for the left tackle job this summer.
Bolles struggled against the 49ers — he was penalized four times — but he has also shown flashes of promise (check out his pass protection on this play). He’ll have his share of struggles as a first-year starter, but Bolles is the team’s best option to protect Siemian’s blindside in 2017.
Elsewhere on the offensive line, Max Garcia and Allen Barbre are still competing for the left guard job, according to Joseph. Ron Leary, who joined the team during free agency, is staying at right guard.
Pro Bowl alternate Matt Paradis is returning at center and Joseph did not mention competition at right tackle so Menelik Watson is seemingly the frontrunner for that job. Watson has started at right tackle in each of the team’s first two preseason games.
If Barbre wins the left guard gig, Paradis will be the Broncos’ only returning starter on the offensive line this season.
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