Denver Broncos: Top 5 storylines to follow at 2021 training camp

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May 15, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos guard Quinn Meinerz (72) during rookie minicamp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos have a talented roster heading into 2021 training camp. What are the top 5 storylines to follow with camp underway on Wednesday?

Football is in the air. Denver Broncos training camp opens officially on Wednesday, although the rookies and quarterbacks have already been on the field getting some light work in.

With the way teams are covered anymore, there’s really nothing uninteresting about specific areas of the roster during camp. Every player will have the chance to be in the spotlight with so many media covering camp and so many eyes on as many of the 90 guys that are healthy enough to compete on the field.

With that being said, some of the topics of intrigue regarding the Denver Broncos will receive a lot more focus than others.

Whether that involves an injured player coming back to the field, a starting position up for grabs, or players who could step up out of nowhere and earn significant roles in the 2021 season — all of it will demand the attention of fans and media alike.

Which storylines for the Denver Broncos are the most interesting heading into 2021 training camp?

Denver Broncos top 5 most interesting storylines for 2021 training camp

5. Battles for offensive line starting jobs

For the first time this offseason, the offensive linemen will be battling in the trenches with the pads on, going full contact, and competing for a couple of open starting positions.

As things currently are, the Denver Broncos’ starting offensive line will consist of:

  • LT: Garett Bolles
  • LG: Dalton Risner
  • C: Lloyd Cushenberry
  • RG: Graham Glasgow
  • RT: Bobby Massie

Heading into camp, I think the center position and right tackle position are the most “wide open” when it comes to competition, and you’ve got some clear contenders to take each spot.

Cushenberry’s job is threatened by only one — rookie Quinn Meinerz. When the Denver Broncos drafted Meinerz, I was trying to figure out if they might convert him to the right tackle position with his outstanding athleticism, length, and quick feet.

Apparently, they had aims on moving him to center where they had just spent a third-round pick in 2020 on Lloyd Cushenberry III.

Meinerz played guard all through college, so he could still wind up there, but with the Broncos trying him at center initially, it makes you wonder just how “safe” Cushenberry is. The former LSU starter is going to need to fend off a pretty outstanding talent.

At right tackle, the competition is wide open. There is no incumbent at that spot for Denver, though there are some favorites at this point in time. Bobby Massie has probably been the best of the bunch throughout his career with veteran Cameron Fleming close behind.

The Broncos also really like right tackle Calvin Anderson, who could seize the opportunity and take a starting job as well.

At right guard, don’t discount the development of Netane Muti. As Patrick Chiotti wrote, a more realistic timeline for Muti could be projecting to 2022. With that being said, if a team comes calling to George Paton about trading for Graham Glasgow, the Broncos have young depth on the interior to be able to make that happen.