Denver Broncos: 5 biggest risers during the 2020 season

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Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos
Garett Bolles, Left Tackle #72 for the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Garett Bolles

Considered a 1st round bust coming into the season, Bolles has stepped up his play in a big way. Garett Bolles has taken a huge step forward in his second season with coach Mike Munchak and was rewarded with a four-year contract for his play.

Bolles has become the top player for an improving offensive line and has kept Drew Lock clean without holding penalties this season. The infamous “holding, offense number 72” has only been heard one time this season, with four total penalties on the season, per Pro Football Reference.

The continuity in coaching certainly played a role in Bolles’ development, but Bolles also stated he worked on his technique and fundamentals over the offseason. The improvements are evident, and Bolles will be keeping whoever the Broncos trot out at quarterback clean for the next four years.

Bolles’ jump should serve as an example to the Denver Broncos as to the impact of continuity of coaching staff can have on players. In the meantime, Bolles will continue to man the left tackle position, and play at a high level for the Denver Broncos.