Denver Broncos 2019 roster overview: Offensive tackle

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Offensive tackle Garett Bolles #72 of the Denver Broncos spikes the ball to celebrate a fourth quarter touchdown by running back Phillip Lindsay #30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Offensive tackle Garett Bolles #72 of the Denver Broncos spikes the ball to celebrate a fourth quarter touchdown by running back Phillip Lindsay #30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 25: Offensive tackle Garett Bolles #72 of the Denver Broncos spikes the ball to celebrate a fourth quarter touchdown by running back Phillip Lindsay #30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 25: Offensive tackle Garett Bolles #72 of the Denver Broncos spikes the ball to celebrate a fourth quarter touchdown by running back Phillip Lindsay #30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos made a huge move at the right tackle position in 2019. How does the rest of the position group look heading into camp?

The Denver Broncos have not exactly been a model of consistency and stability at the offensive tackle position for the last five or six years, have they?

Since Denver’s promising duo of Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin fizzled out, it’s pretty much been trial and error for John Elway and the front office.

Whether through the NFL Draft or free agency, the Broncos have failed to find a stable duo to hold down the tackle positions, and as a result really put their quarterbacks in danger.

In no particular order, the investments in Ty Sambrailo (second round pick), Michael Schofield (third round pick), Russell Okung (free agent), Donald Stephenson (free agent), and Menelik Watson (free agent) have significantly hindered the Broncos’ ability to have a balanced, competent offensive attack.

Those four players are a major reason why Khalil’s career sack number is as high as it is, all kidding aside.

The Broncos put their young quarterbacks in harm’s way. They muddled through the last year of Peyton Manning’s career and actually got some decent production out of Ryan Harris and the aforementioned Michael Schofield, but it was only for a brief bit.

Since those failed experiments, the Broncos have drafted and put their hopes in Garett Bolles at the left tackle position (2017). John Elway and the front office went out in the 2019 offseason and said enough is enough and spent big money on Ja’Wuan James to come over from the Miami Dolphins.

They also were able to hire Mike Munchak away from the Pittsburgh Steelers as their new offensive line coach.

Let’s take a look at the offensive tackle position for the Broncos player by player and how each guy can factor in for 2019.

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