Peyton Manning prepares to take the snap from center J.D. Walton during the first quarter of a preseason game game against the San Francisco 49ers. (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos Offensive Line Coming Together Under Peyton Manning

The Denver Broncos’ first string offense put on a clinic on Sunday afternoon, scoring 17 points in one quarter. The quarterback, running back, and receivers are often talked about, but the men virtually behind the scenes normally aren’t noticed.

The offensive line has done a phenomenal job thus far. Their run blocking and pass blocking have been exceptional for a group that has just 19 years of professional experience between the five of them. The most experienced on the line is Manny Ramirez who is filling in for an injured Chris Kuper, and he’s been in the league for six years.

“It all starts up front,” offensive coordinator Mike MCCoy said. “We said that from day one in the meetings. The offensive line will take us as far as they can take us because without them blocking up front whether it’s pass protection or the run game, we can’t do anything.”

The line thus far has kept the Broncos’ $96 million investment, Peyton Manning, fairly clean. He’s taken a couple of shots after getting some passes off, but the team has yet to give up a sack when he’s been in the game.

“They’ve done a nice job of really gelling together,” McCoy said. “That all comes with experience. The more snaps they play together as an offense, the better we’ll be.”

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