The Broncos drafted tackle Garett Bolles in the first round of last year’s draft. They drafted him to be their franchise left tackle.
He has had a rocky start to his NFL career. The 26-year old has been known for being called for holding penalties on a consistent basis.
It felt like this was going to happen every game of his career. Well, Bolles snapped that trend on Thursday. He was not called for a holding penalty all game.
Not only was Bolles not called for holding, but he was also a big factor in allowing running back Phillip Lindsay to have another great game.
Bolles’ performance was very, very good. It was so good, in fact, that Pro Football Focus had a very high grade on him. Bolles faced a solid defensive lineman in Chandler Jones, who was traded to the Cardinals from the Patriots in 2016.
If Bolles plays the rest of the season as he did against Arizona, it would be a major boost for this offense. Cut down the penalties and sacks allowed, and he could also be one of the better left tackles in the league.
This type of performance should be a real confidence builder. Not only for Bolles, but for the players around him—specifically Case Keenum. It is important to be able to trust the guys who are protecting you as a quarterback.