During Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph’s presser today where he announced that Trevor Siemian has won the starting quarterback job, he also said another position battle has been decided. He said that Garett Bolles, the Broncos first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has won the left tackle job.
Joseph: Garett Bolles has won the LT job. LG job is still a competition between Barbre & Garcia; they will split time this week.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 21, 2017
Joseph was direct with his comments on Bolles and told the media that Bolles “has won that job”.
“[T] Garett Bolles is going to be the left tackle, for sure. He’s won that job. The left guard is still open between [G] Max Garcia and [G] Allen Barbre. So those guys will split time this week in the first half and probably some in the third quarter.”
Bolles has been getting first-team reps ever since the open of Training Camp and has never looked back. Both Ty Sambrailo and Donald Stephenson split reps with him at times but neither really pushed Bolles for the job. It seemed pretty obvious for the past few that this was Bolles’s job, but Joseph made it official today.
The rookie left tackle has enjoyed a solid training camp and now preseason and has been drawing praise from many for his play. He did struggle with some holding problems against the 49ers this past weekend, but overall he has played very well.
At least Garett Bolles has been impressive for the Broncos. I was a big fan. pic.twitter.com/TW2S2gXCxK— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) August 21, 2017
The Broncos will need better play from their tackles this season if they want to keep their quarterbacks healthy and if they want to open up running lanes for their running backs. Bolles task is to keep the quarterback’s blind side safe, but his best trait(at least currently) is his run blocking ability. His nastiness really shows up in this part of his game and we have seen flashes of that so far this preseason. I am excited to see how Bolles progresses this preseason.
Joseph did touch on another positional battle that is still ongoing, the left guard job. Veteran Alan Barbre is challenging Max Garcia for the position and that battle will continue through the preseason.
Barbre saw some first-team reps against the 49ers last week and seems to be closing ground on Garcia who has struggled at times during his career. I look for that to continue this week as the Broncos prepare for their week three-game against the Green Bay Packers. Whoever gets the start at left guard this week will likely be the one in the lead.
Another name to keep an eye on is second-year center/guard Connor McGovern. He has been taking first-team reps at center all offseason and can also play left or right guard for the Broncos. He has been having a strong camp and has earned praise from Joseph so he could be a factor for this job as well.