The offensive line is one of the least glamorous positions on the field, but is still one of the most important—especially with a 36-year-old quarterback in Peyton Manning. The Broncos enjoyed one of the healthiest offensive lines in the entire league last season. The O-line’s continuity was one of the reason the Broncos had such great success in the running game.
The biggest offensive line battle this offseason will be at center. J.D. Walton has done an okay job in his first two NFL seasons, but the Broncos drafted his former Baylor University teammate Philip Blake in the fourth round of the of the NFL draft to challenge him. Blake also has some versatility, as he has experience at the tackle position, too.
For the most part, the rest of the line should be business as usual. However, keep an eye on the contract talks of Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady, as he is one of the Broncos' best linemen. Chris Kuper’s recovery from a gruesome ankle injury last season is another question mark. If he doesn’t fully recover on time, veteran right guard Manny Ramirez may assume that role.
Philip Blake (C/T), Manny Ramirez (G), Ryan Harris (T), Chris Clark (T), Tony Hills (T)
C.J. Davis (G), Adam Grant (T), Mike Remmers (T), Austin Wuebbels (G), Wayne Tribue (G)