Denver Broncos: Who will be the biggest surprise in 2020?
Garett Bolles, LT
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Bolles wasn’t all bad in 2019 during his first year with Mike Munchak. The Broncos did decline his option for a fifth-year return but are counting on him to make a difference for the team in what could be his final year in Denver…but also may not be.
There are two things in the way here. No. 1 is, is Bolles motivated to improve? He should be. If this is, in fact, his final year in Denver, he is going to have to show other teams that he can improve and is willing to improve.
The other thing in the way is the competition for the starting job. Bolles will compete with Elijah Wilkinson for the left tackle spot. This is a positive thing for both sides because of the competition aspect. Competition only makes players better.
If Bolles does in fact beat out Wilkinson (which seems likely), I definitely can see him having a career year for the Broncos. Bold take? Probably. But there should be motivation there from Bolles and if there is, it will definitely benefit the Broncos.
The Broncos could still choose to give him another year despite declining the fifth-year option. It would be on a cheap short-term deal. But there is nothing stopping them from looking for a future long-term franchise left tackle, even if he exceeds expectations in 2020.