Jay Cutler is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL in 2008, and he owes a lot of that credit to his right arm, and some play-makers at the skill positions. But the man who Cutler needs to treat to a free vacation this offseason is No. 78, rookie left tackle Ryan Clady.
Since he was drafted by Denver with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Head Coach Mike Shanahan dubbed him the starter. He has not disappointed.
The rookie phenom hasn't allowed one sack all season long, and has but one holding penalty against him. Although he won't get the recognition for scoring touchdowns, he surely will pave the way for many.
Clady and the rest of the Denver line are on pace to set NFL records for the least amount of sacks allowed per pass attempt. And the Broncos are well on their way to finishing in the top tier of elite offenses in this league.
Granted, production has dropped in the last three games for the men in blue, but with all the talent they possess it only figures to get better. Clady has arguably had a bigger impact on this team than any other rookie in the AFC, maybe the NFL.
Rookie of the year voters shouldn't limit their horizons to only players that can score touchdowns or return kicks, they should take a close look at the impact of the former Boise State and current Denver Bronco.
Clady is lighting it up, and deserves some recognition.
Broncos audition players; Lynch open to return
John Lynch is keeping the door open, but doesn't feel he needs to prove anything to anybody. "I'm not retired," Lynch said. "I'm staying in shape. I'm ready if a team calls. But having said that, if I've played my final game, I'm content with the career I've had and what I was able to accomplish."
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