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Published on 05/17/2012 at Thu May 17 17:00.
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Chris Kuper

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Chris Kuper

Name: Chris Kuper
Pos: Guard
Ht, Wt: 6’4″, 303
Age: 29
Exp: 7
College: North Dakota

Chris Kuper is one of the longest tenured players on the Denver Broncos roster and has been a mainstay at right guard since 2008. As a fifth round pick in 2006, though, fans may forget it took Kuper two seasons playing in the role of “versatile backup” to land in his starting role. Kuper rode the bench his rookie year, then backed up Chris Myers at left guard, then was slotted as starting right tackle before ultimately landing at right guard. Today, he’s often heralded as one of the most underrated players in the NFL.

2011 Analysis: Kuper started in all sixteen regular season games at right guard with his usual consistency. He had tough games against the LionsNdamukong Suh (pictured) and against the Buffalo BillsMarcel Dareus, but he’s considered one of the best Broncos’ offensive linemen for a reason. He’s fierce in the running game and more than decent as a pass protector. That being said, the 2011 season is difficult to grade for all Broncos O-linemen. The switch in scheme from a pro offense to the option netted rushing totals one cannot directly link to the performance of the offensive line.

Contract Status: Kuper signed a six-year, $28 million deal in 2010. He is owed $3.5 million in 2012 and will become a free agent in 2016.

2012 Outlook: Incumbent starter. Kuper suffered a gruesome season-ending broken leg in the regular season finale against Kansas City that caused him to miss out on the Broncos’ two postseason games. He recently told the Denver Post he expects to be 100% ready by June.

As always, we invite you, the readers, to participate. Does Kuper’s history outweigh his injury concerns, or are you more excited for one of the young guys the Broncos brought in?

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it is fair to say he had a bad game against Suh, he didn’t allow a sack against him 

  • Tim Lynch

    100% approval rate.  DAMN RIGHT.  Dude nearly had his foot ripped off and didn’t shed a tear.

  • Monty

    Didn’t mean to imply that. Just saying, he had tough matchups and still held his own.

  • Jon

    Some jerkoff just disapproved. Punk.

  • Njomza Hoti

    yap thats true

  • J

    He’s been consistently solid, and I’m glad it was mentioned that he had a few seasons to get acclimated before breaking into the starting lineup.  I hate how young players are hyped and expected to do more and more so early on, especially when we’ve seen many players that flourished with some time to learn before they’re thrown in the fire. 

  • Anonymous

     My bad, I read it wrong

  • Anonymous

    And four more since. But what do you expect? There were those who disapproved of John Elway when he was playing, and that was even in 1998.

  • Monty

    Nah, that means I could have written it better. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Monty

    Nah, that means I could have written it better. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Monty posted an interview with Kuper the day after this published:

    “Just kind of sitting on the couch for three months, a lot of stuff goes
    through your mind,” he said. “You start to analyze things on the
    football side, the life side. I think it definitely gives you something
    to strive for, to get back to where you were. It’s also given me time to
    focus on things that I probably lack when I’m full strength, whether
    it’s upper body strength or at home with my family. I got to spend some
    good time with my daughter and my wife, and now we just had a (son) on
    (May 5), so stuff’s pretty hectic right now.”

    Congrats Kupe!!