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Starters: Ryan Clady (LT), Orlando Franklin (LG), Will Montgomery (C), Louis Vasquez (RG), Chris Clark (RT)
Backups: Manny Ramirez (C/OG), Vinston Painter (OT/OG), Winston Justice (OT), Michael Schofield (RT/LG), Matt Paradis (C), Ben Garland (G), Ryan Miller (OT), Paul Cornick (OT), Ramon Harewood (OT), Aslam Sterling (OT)
The Broncos offensive line is going to be shuffled in 2014. Last year’s starting left guard Zane Beadles moved on in free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and in his wake is a bit of a mystery at this time.
Ryan Clady will man left tackle once again. He missed most of last season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in Week 2 against the Giants. He should be fully recovered by the time the regular season begins, and having him back will be a huge boost for protecting Peyton Manning.
Left guard should be last year’s starting right tackle Orlando Franklin. The team will move him inside because of his struggles on the edge. He is in the final year of his deal, and it would benefit him to succeed with this transition.
Center will be a competition in training camp between last year’s starter Manny Ramirez and free-agent addition Will Montgomery. Ramirez was a guard before he transitioned to center last year, but Montgomery may be the better fit.
Right guard is all Louis Vasquez. He’s a beast on the interior offensive line, and he should have a Pro Bowl season in 2014. He’s one of the best in the game at his position.
Right tackle should be Chris Clark. He filled in at left tackle as the starter after Clady was lost to injury last year. Clark is not the mauler that Franklin was on the right side, but he should offer better pass protection.
The Broncos have a tackle-heavy roster, and the competition for the backup spots will be fierce. Michael Schofield and Matt Paradis were both added in the draft this year, but they’ll have to prove their worth in training camp.
Last year’s sixth-round pick Vinston Painter should make the final roster. He’s a huge prospect with fine athleticism, but he’ll need to show growth from the raw player we saw last year in training camp.
Ryan Miller is a name to remember. His prep career was at Columbine High School, and his college career was played at the University of Colorado. The hometown product is now with the Broncos, and if he’s healthy, Miller offers good depth at both guard and tackle.