Barring a catastrophe, Garett Bolles will be the Broncos’ opening day starter at left tackle – Denver Broncos News

Barring a catastrophe, Garett Bolles will be the Broncos’ opening day starter at left tackle – Denver Broncos News

There is a lot of training camp left to go for the Denver Broncos, who had their third day of activities early on this morning through the afternoon. Position battles, especially at the quarterback position, will continue to receive more consideration and scrutiny over the next few days. Many battles will come right down to the wire and need significant evaluation from performances in preseason games to make a final decision. However, there is one position battle that already seems to be coming to a close.

According to various sources, first-round pick Garett Bolles seems to have a decisive upper hand against third-year pro Ty Sambrailo at the left tackle position and has already earned first-team reps in training camp.

The Broncos were high on Sambrailo when he was drafted in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but numerous injuries have derailed the promise he showed during his career at Colorado State. In his first two years with the team, Sambrailo has only seen action in only thirteen games, including seven starts.

Through the course of OTA’s and training camp to date, he has struggled on the field, especially in pass protection where he continues to be beaten like a rented mule routinely in practice. It’s evident that his continues to be plagued from issues surrounding his torn labrum back in November of 2015. That type of injury has a significant impact on leverage, strength and arm extension — all of which play an integral role for any offensive lineman’s ability to compete with efficacy on the gridiron.

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