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Horse Tracks: Former Broncos lineman Chris Kuper impressed by Broncos offensive line

The former North Dakota Fighting Sioux and Denver Broncos offensive lineman has been impressed with what he has seen from the Broncos offensive line thus far.

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Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country!

The middle of the week is upon is and we are just four days away from seeing our beloved Denver Broncos take on the Houston Texans in the second week of preseason match-ups.

Quarterback Peyton Manning will see action against the Texans, but whether or not it is just for a series, one quarter or one half has yet to be determined according to Head Coach Gary Kubiak. However, the teams new leader did state he wanted the first string guys to get "a bunch of snaps under their belt."

In other Broncos related news, former offensive lineman Chris Kuper recently spoke with CBS 4's Vic Lombardi and discussed a variety of topics, but most of all, how impressed he was with the Broncos offensive line's performance against the Seattle Seahawks in their first preseason game. Feel free to click the link above to get more quotes and see a video of the conversation. It is definitely worth your time.

Here is a quote courtesy of CBS 4 and their Xfinity Live show:

"It was a solid performance. It’s hard to step in there when the bright lights are on, you’re playing Seattle — a team that everybody struggles with, and they’ve got a tough defense. And then it’s your first game, you’re still learning the playbook, you’re not quite comfortable with it. And I thought they were good. They were physical and they looked athletic."

The praise from Kuper comes around the time where more reports have indicated that rookie offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo continues to struggle mightily against Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware in training camp. It is a cause for concern, especially when he and the rest of the offensive line will be given the orders to protect Manning against the NFL's best defensive player in J.J. Watt this coming Saturday.

"You saw today it was a challenge. Ty had some rough snaps. I know it's a tough thing, but he has to continue to push through it. I think you look at the big picture. I want Ty to be a Pro Bowler and a sixth-year player today. But I also understand the process he's going through."

It is a given that a rookie tackle is going to go through some growing pains in his first season, but the Broncos will need the former Colorado State Ram and the rest of the young players on the offensive front to perform at a high level this season if they want a shot at hoisting a Lombardi Trophy at seasons end. Fortunately, the advent of the zone blocking system in Denver will help mask some of the issues and struggles will endure through the season. Communication and cohesiveness are paramount in order for success and the team will have ample amount of time to get in a rhythm before it matters most when the regular season begins in several weeks.

Once again, thanks for reading and here are today's Horse Tracks concerning the Broncos and a handful of other NFL stories.  Enjoy!

Horse Tracks:

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