January 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Carter guard Evan Mathis of the Philadelphia Eagles (69) during the 2015 Pro Bowl practice at Luke Air Force Base. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Going into training camp this season, the offensive line worries some Broncos fans. With Orlando Franklin leaving for the rival San Diego Chargers and Ryan Clady suffering a season-ending ACL injury, it was not looking pretty.
The Denver Broncos made an excellent signing on Tuesday, when they signed former Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Evan Mathis to a one year deal. The move helps shore up the offensive line by adding more depth.
Of course, this move impacts Max Garcia, who was coming into his own and impressing in training camp. The rookie from Florida University will most likely be moving to the bench, but I think this will allow Max Garcia to learn from the Pro-Bowl guard.
The move also helps out Ty Sambrailo. In the Broncos news article posted by Sayre Bedinger, he points out that having Evan Mathis on the left side with Ty Sambrailo can limit blitzing from that side of the offensive line. I could not agree more with this.
The last thing that Broncos fans want to see is Peyton Manning getting hit hard from the blind side. Evan Mathis can pick up quite a bit of the blitzing from the left side. Since 2011, Evan Mathis has allowed only 5.5 sacks, which is pretty solid numbers.
The move helps the Broncos develop the young offensive line for at least one more year. Evan Mathis gets the team he has been searching for and can use his abilities to make a push towards a Super Bowl. And John Elway adds another key free agent on a solid deal.
Evan Mathis will make a big impact on the Broncos offensive line from the get go. Broncos fans can breathe a little bit easier now. Evan Mathis believes in the Broncos. Let us hope it leads to a fairy tale ending in February.