Broncos vs. Ravens: Five most critical players for Denver

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Jul 31, 2015; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo (74) during training camp activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2. Ty Sambrailo

Sambrailo might not have realized it when he was drafted by the Broncos, but he immediately became one of the most important players on the team when Ryan Clady went down with an ACL injury in minicamp. Now the starting left tackle of a possible Super Bowl contender, Sambrailo has the tall task of taking on elite pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.

Both Dumervil and Suggs know how to exploit weaknesses on an offensive line, but Peyton Manning also knows how to mask the deficiencies of a weak/inexperienced offensive line. Sambrailo’s quick feet are going to have to be as quick as ever on Sunday afternoon, and he’ll have to get out the rookie jitters early on. He’s protecting the franchise.

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