The Denver Broncos began their offseason program on Tuesday and head coach Vic Fangio discussed the status of the offensive line.
The Denver Broncos had a rocky offensive line the last couple of seasons. Last year, Denver had different players play on different spots on the line. New head coach Vic Fangio told media on Tuesday that he can’t tell who will start at each of those five spots this early on.
"“Not yet. It’s the first day out there and I haven’t even seen the video yet of it. We’re a long way from determining that.”— Head Coach Vic Fangio (Quote via Denver Broncos PR)"
During the 2018 season, the constants on the offensive line were at left tackle (Garett Bolles), and center (Matt Paradis, until his injury forced him out the last portion of the season).
Connor McGovern played at right guard at the start of the season but was inserted as the starting center after Paradis went down. Now, Paradis has moved on to the Carolina Panthers, leaving McGovern as his replacement.
As it stands now, the offensive line could look like this at the beginning of the season (although there could be a change with the NFL draft coming up):
LT: Garett Bolles
LG: Ronald Leary
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Sam Jones
RT: Ja’Wuan James
The Broncos made James the highest-paid right tackle in the league when they signed him to a 4-year, $52 million contract this offseason free agency period.
There are options in the draft if the Broncos wanted to switch things up. Jonah Williams is a first-round prospect offensive tackle from Alabama who the team could select. In the second round is Kansas State offensive tackle Dalton Risner.
At guard, Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy could be an option in the second round.
There a lot of dominoes that still need to fall into place and the good news for the Broncos is that they had a head start to figuring things out, due to the fact that the team has a new head coach (teams with new head coaches are granted an early start).
The addition of Mike Munchak as the offensive line coach is surely going to help make the unit much better than the recent past. Hopefully, Munchak is able to solve some of the issues the team saw in 2018.