The Denver Broncos are a popular team right now. National media is on the hype train. Fans are excited. Everyone is feeling good about the direction the team is headed. Even those positive vibes can’t hide the concern about the offensive line.
That’s why it was odd to see James Palmer on the NFL Network discussing the O-line as a potential strength.
All the talk has been about the new weapons that were brought in for Drew Lock. But some in the building are excited about another position group on the #broncos. My report on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/7togJ2rGyE— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) June 29, 2020
On the MHR Radio Podcast, Ian St. Clair and I looked at the possibility that the line might be a secret strength. Palmer talked about Dalton Risner as a potential pro bowler for the next ten years. Graham Glasgow was a key free agent. Lloyd Cushenberry could be the steal of the draft. The interior of the line looks pretty solid.
The question marks are on the outside. Garett Bolles and Ja’Wuan James give most Bronco fans the chills. Not the happy chills. No, the heebie jeebies. The mere mention of Bolles entices arguments, while James may have been injured simply because you read his name just now.
It’s not a great place to be in. However, Palmer’s assertion is that the front office and coaching staff at Dove Valley are pleased with the situation up front. Mike Munchak is still considered to be the best O-line coach in the NFL. Bolles played better with Drew Lock under center, and James is apparently healthy.
Considering all the issues that Bolles has had on the field, claiming he is going to be good in 2020 is a bold statement. Almost as bold as claiming that a right tackle that has played less than a full half of football can be a solid starter.
With Elijah Wilkinson waiting in the wings, it’s not like many fans have great hope for the success at the two tackle positions. If Lock wants to enjoy his shiny new toys, he will have to remain upright. Bolles played better when Lock became the starter. That’s a trend that gives Broncos Country hope.
The problem with hope is that it can lead to despair. It may be false hope that has allowed John Elway and Vic Fangio to settle with Bolles, James, and Wilkinson battling it out for the starting tackle positions. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get Lock injured, and stunt his development.