A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we've been doing since our days at BroncoTalk nearly a decade ago. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2015 season in our 90-in-90 series.
Name: Evan Mathis
Height: 6'5" Weight: 298lbs
Age: 33 Experience: 10th
The Denver Broncos signed guard Evan Mathis to a one-year deal on Tuesday, and he's expected to step in and start at left guard for the Broncos.
Mathis is a great signing for the Broncos who were heading into the season with three first-time starters at on the left side of the offensive line. He will replace rookie guard Max Garcia at left guard, and he will move into a reserve role for the Broncos. This will allow the promising rookie some time to develop and be ready to step into the starting next season.
Now back to Mathis, this is a great signing for the Broncos. He has been the one of the best guards in the entire NFL the past few seasons according to Pro Football Focus.
Evan Mathis was our top graded OG from 2011-13, and was 2nd last year in just 9 games. Best OG in the game now available. #OnYourMarks— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 11, 2015
Pro Football Focus also ranked Mathis as their 7th best player in the entire NFL during the 2014 season. Here's a blurb from their post.
This last season he was the top-ranked guard in the league by some distance, with a run-blocking grade of +40.2, more than twice as much as the next best guard. He has the perfect combination of size, speed, athleticism and technique and that mix of skills is even more prized within Chip Kelly’s offense that requires its linemen to work well on the move and not simply move a pile in front of them.
So clearly this is a big signing for the Broncos, and another great get by Broncos General Manager John Elway.
The Broncos are going to be a team that figures to run the ball a lot this season, so signing one of(if not the best) run blocking guard in the NFL is a positive. Look for Mathis to open big holes for running backs, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.
The Mathis signing also helps the Broncos youth on their offensive line. Mathis will be playing between two first-time starters, rookie left tackle Ty Sambrailo and center Matt Paradis. Mathis's talent and experience will help both players throughout the season.
Mathis's skill set fits into Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme very well. He's an athletic guard who has quick feet, and can be a dominant blocker in the second level. Also, Mathis's run blocking skills will make Head Coach Gary Kubiak smile.
This signing should also help keep quarterback Peyton Manning protected.
I don't have a lot here. He's getting up there in age, but should be good this season. The only concern I have is if he will be in football shape by the time the regular season begins. The Broncos first regular season game is under three weeks away.
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway on guard Evan Mathis.
"Evan Mathis is an accomplished veteran who has played at a very high level for the last several seasons," Elway said. "He will immediately make our team better, and we are excited to have him as part of the Denver Broncos."