Offensive Line Grade: D+
A big glaring need and concern in the offense of the Denver Broncos is the offensive line. Matt Paradis and Russell Okung are staples on the line, but every player is a liability to a quarterback with a shoulder problem. Donald Stephenson signed with the Broncos to be a versatile lineman if called upon. He must now switch from his right tackle spot to right guard or move Ty Sambrailo to right guard.
The running game saw a couple areas of green grass behind Paradis and Okung. Okung is able to stretch and pull outside to open lanes on the left side. Every now and then there would be a stretch to the Stephenson, but it left a lot to be desired. Changes need to be in store for a struggling offensive line. The understanding seems to be there for Gary Kubiak to make that necessary change.
New Orleans Saints defensive line is not a well-known group in the NFL, but they do enough to put pressure on a quarterback. Despite some of the success of Paradis and Okung, about everyone on the Saints’ line creamed Trevor Siemian when there became a chance. This explains why Kubiak is hinting at a possible change on an offensive line desperately needing “change” Broncos’ fan can believe in.