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<!-- body { font:12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; background-color: #EEF2FB; margin: 0px; } --> Are the conditions finally right for Garett Bolles to move into the upper tier of NFL left tackles?" Denver Broncos Roster2019 Broncos roster review: Left tackle Garett BollesNew John Elway Jersey ,57commentsAre the conditions finally right for Garett Bolles to move into the upper tier of NFL left tackles?MDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:2019 Broncos roster review: Left tackle Garett BollesTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesAfter being drafted with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 draft, Garett Bolles has struggled to particularly in light of being the first offensive tackle drafted that year. His career will always be cast in comparison to Ryan Ramczyk, who was the second offensive tackle taken that year. Left tackle is one of the three or four most important positions on the team and to get a good one you either have to pay handsomely in the free agent market, or draft one. Did we draft a good one in Bolles? What does the data say?Garett Bolles ProfileHeight: 6’5”Weight: 297 lbsAge: 27Experience: 3rd yearThe Good Bolles has elite quickness for an offensive tackle and despite his struggles he has started every game in his two NFL seasons. For a man with very limited experience playing offensive tackle, he has learned quickly at acquitted himself well. His stats rank him in the middle of the pack in both his seasons, which is good for a relatively inexperienced player, but bad if you are the the first player from your position taken in the draft. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesAtlanta Falcons DE, TakkaristMcKinley Karl Mecklenburg Color Rush Jersey , who was drafted 6 slots later in 2017 called Garett Bolles the best offensive tackle he faced in college. So we know the talent is there, we just need consistency. The Bad (and the stats)Bolles was bad enough that Mark Schlereth called for him to be benched at one point during last season, but let’s look at some performance data before we start screaming about benching him. I agree with Stink on many things, but I think he was wrong in his conclusion here. There are three parts to playing offensive lineTongueass blocking- I list this first because 70% of all yards are gained through the air in the NFL.Run blocking Avoiding penaltiesBolles allowed pressure on 7.4% of his pass blocking snaps in 2017 as a rookie. That was 36th among starting offensive tackles (of which there are techincally 64). Unfortunately there were only 47 offensive tackles with 700 or more offensive snaps in 2017, so Bolles was much closer to the bottom (Breno Giacomini - 12.2%) than the top (David Bahktiari - 2.5%). The average among qualifying tackles that year was 6.1%, so Bolles was below average at pass blocking as a rookie. As a second year starter, Bolles improved his pass blocking allowing pressure on only 4.3% of his pass blocking snaps (16th of 57 qualifiers). That was a big jump and showed that he learned a great deal as a rookie. As this point he is probably still outside the top tier of NFL left tackles in terms of pass blocking, but there is great hope for his continued improvement (more on that later). Data from this is from Bolles had been good at run blocking according to during his rookie seeason. The Broncos were 9th in Adjusted Line Yards Shannon Sharpe Jersey , ALY, when runinng behind left tackle in 2017. However, the Broncos were 27th in ALY when running behind left tackle in 2018. The Denver had the second smallest left tackle run frequency in the league in 2018 at 5.6%. OnlyWashington was lower at 4.9%. So if you trust PFF and FO, Bolles had been getting better at pass protection while getting worse at run blocking. How has he done on the penalty front? According to Bolles had 12 penalties called on him in 2017. That was the 3rd most among tackles with only Charles Leno (13) and Germaine Ifedi (16) having more called against them. Seven of Bolles penalties were holding penalties in 2017 as a rookie. That was tied for most in the league with Shon Coleman. As many of you might remember, most of those holding penalties were drive-killers. Bolles was only called for ten penalties in 2018 which was tied for 5th most among tackles. Seven of those were holding penalties which was tied for most in the league with Tyron Smith. Of those seven holding penalties two came in in the loss to the Ravens and another two came in the loss to the Chargers at the end of the season. He was only called for holding three times in the other 14 games.I’d say he improved in the penalty department in his second year in the league, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Quotable Bolles discussing working with Mike Munchak. Mike Munchak talking about Garett Bolles. Munchak has a great track record of turning marginal offensive lineman into starters and turning decent offensive lineman in Pro-Bowlers. I’m hopeful he can do the latter with Bolles. Garett Bolles HighlightsIf you want to watch some college film on Bolles, here is the scouting report that Scotty put together after we drafted him, replete with film. Garett Bolles’ roster status with the BroncosAs a first round draft pick Bolles is under contract through the 2020 season and the team has the option to pick up his 5th year if they so choose. I see no situation where Bolles is not on the 53-man roster and I would be shocked if he played so poorly in training camp as to be benched; unless first round picks are complete busts (see Lynch , Paxton) teams don’t cut or trade them before their rookie deals expire. In an Instagram post, Emmanuel Sanders showed video of him beginning to run routes again." Denver Broncos NewsDenver Broncos InjuriesEmmanuel Sanders close to getting back to formNew,17commentsIn an Instagram post, Emmanuel Sanders showed video of him beginning to run routes again. MDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Emmanuel Sanders close to getting back to formTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailDenver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles in practice on December 5, 2018. It was feared he could be out well into the 2019 season. However, in a recent Instagram video, it sure looks like Sanders is going to be back to form by Week 1 - if not sooner. Back on March 10, he let it be known that he was way ahead of schedule according to trainers. That tweet has since been deleted Brandon McManus Color Rush Jersey , but it would appear he wasn’t exaggerating. The Broncos have a young, inexperienced wide receiver corps. Sanders is the veteran of the group and having him on the field Week 1 would be a huge positive for the offense. Sanders, 32, has one year remaining on his deal and is scheduled to make $10.25 million this year. He’ll definitely want to be out there proving to the Broncos and other teams that he has gas left in the tank heading into the 2020 offseason.Broncos NewsNFL News

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