Posted Mon Jun 25th by Jon Heath
This offseason, we’re going to do a Speak Up series looking at each position (o-line, d-line, etc). Today, we’re looking at the offensive line.
We want to know what you think the Denver Broncos‘ trenches should look like this season. Should the 2011 unit stay in place, or should changes be made?
Returning: C/G Manny Ramirez, G Zane Beadles, T Ryan Clady, T Chris Clark, T Orlando Franklin, G Chris Kuper, T Adam Grant, T Ryan Harris, OL Tony Hills and C J.D. Walton.
Acquired: C/G C.J. Davis, C Philip Blake, G Austin Wuebbles, T Mike Remmers and G Wayne Tribue.
Last season, the Broncos’ offensive line consisted of Clady, Beadles, Walton, Kuper and Franklin. If Kuper can fully recover from an ankle injury he suffered last season, we expect the offensive line to stay in place moving forward.
For the sake of offseason discussion however, there are some players the Broncos could move around. Guard/center C.J. Davis has been practicing with the second-team offense with center/guard Manny Ramirez filling in for Kuper until he returns.
When Kuper does return, the Broncos will have the option of moving Franklin inside and replace him with Harris, who started in Denver from 2008-2010. This would result in the Broncos offensive line consisting of Clady, Franklin, Walton, Kuper and Harris — lots of experience with a beefed up interior line.
Franklin has experience playing inside and Harris allowed an average of just 2.25 sacks allowed over a three-year span in Denver before spending a brief stint with the Eagles. Orlando has been an impressive run blocker and moving him inside would help generate a push in goal line situations. Harris does have some injury concerns however so the team wouldn’t make such a move if they weren’t confident in Harris’ health and ability going into training camp.
At the end of the day, the Broncos don’t have a lot of experience beyond Harris, Clady and Kuper. If the team wants to keep the 2011 group intact, it wouldn’t surprise anybody. But they do have other options.
It’s your turn! Vote in the poll below and tell us in the comments what you think the Broncos’ o-line should look like this season!