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Broncos Roster Review: Austin Schlottman

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Competing for mostly a backup role, the offensive lineman is looking to use his experience playing 16 games last season to give him an edge in 2020.

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By most projections, the Broncos’ offensive line should get stronger this year as it added veteran free agent Graham Glasgow at right guard plus a solid rookie in Lloyd Cushenberry to compete for starting center.

But as with most units, the true strength of the offensive line lies in the strength of its backups - so the Broncos will be counting on players like Austin Schlottmann, who saw playing time in 2019, to compete for depth spots. And with the expanded roster this season, there’s a possibility the Broncos go with four backups for the line.

#71 Austin Schlottmann
Age 24, 6-foot-6, 300 pounds
College: Texas Christian

The good

After spending 2018 on the practice squad, Schlottmann played all 16 games last season and was called in for starter duty for four of them when Ron Leary was out for injury.

The former Horned Frog’s stats aren’t all that impressive - playing just 261 snaps (26%) and being solely responsible for only one penalty, a false start, and one sack. But he didn’t stand out for terrible play, and that in and of itself is something - especially in the trenches.

The bad

Although Schlottmann didn’t stand out for multiple penalties or sacks, his time as starter wasn’t particularly great but was aided by Drew Lock’s ability to get out of the way and avoid sacks.

Final word

The second-year lineman will be competing for a backup spot at guard and possibly center along with Elijah Wilkinson, Netane Muti and Patrick Morris. If Muti can stay healthy, the rookie mauler could make his way into a starting position at guard and be Schlottmann’s main competition while Cushenberry will be pushing to start at center.

Head coach Vic Fangio has already mentioned Schlottmann’s name in the OL competition ring.

If Schlottmann can build on his experience last season, he could easily find himself on the roster and be a solid stand-in if (when) the time will come.

And if Mike Munchak believes some experience on the line is needed while Cushenberry or Muti get acclimated to the NFL - especially in this mostly virtual offseason - then Schlottmann could discover that his talents are needed in the early weeks of the season.

Poll

How do you see Austin Schlottmann fitting into the Broncos’ roster this season?

This poll is closed

  • 71%
    Backup at guard, maybe center
    (435 votes)
  • 9%
    Possible starter at center until Cushenberry gets up to NFL speed
    (59 votes)
  • 13%
    Back to the practice squad
    (84 votes)
  • 5%
    Not on the roster
    (34 votes)
612 votes total Vote Now