Tackle: Trent Brown
If there is one thing the Broncos haven’t been able to get away from, it’s the horrible play from the offensive line.
Quarterback Case Keenum couldn’t get to his back foot before somebody was bearing down on him. Outside of Matt Paradis who is now a free agent, everybody has the potential to lose their job.
Insert New England Patriots tackle Trent Brown, the 6’8″ tackle from the Florida. He’s still a work in progress as a left tackle, but he brings something the Broncos haven’t had in a while, “a dirty nose in the dirt” lineman.
I know Garett Bolles was supposed to be the “dirty” player the Broncos wanted but the difference is Brown is dirty while defenders are in front of him, not after he’s had defenders blow by him already.
Brown has started all 16 games for the Pats this year, and through some bumps and bruises, he has played better than expected coming over from the 49ers.
With the Broncos, Brown would most likely have to switch to right tackle with Bolles holding down the left side for now. Jared Veldheer is a free agent and was inconsistent in his only year in Denver.
The Broncos won’t be alone in the race for Brown, but with a completely new staff and a few years removed from a championship, Denver might have the upper hand. He won’t completely stop the bleeding of the offensive line but he could be the start of the stitches.