The Denver Broncos offensive line is shuffling around even more, and it starts with center Matt Paradis. He’s out for Wednesday’s session and Connor McGovern is filling in.
“Broncos Paradis not practicing,” wrote Troy Renck of Denver7. “McGovern taking reps. Paradis was treated for injury after game. Told me would be OK. Has time but not out here today.”
McGovern has shown that he can step up and take snaps, but Paradis has proven repeatedly that he’s one of the best centers in the NFL. The Broncos have enough issues on the line already. They need him to be ready to go when they face the New England Patriots on Sunday, and it looks like he will be. If anything, they’re just being careful. There’s no need to overwork a guy who knows this offense inside and out.
The Broncos also got tackle Donald Stephenson back.
“Broncos Donald Stephenson, who has been sidelined with calf injury, is practicing,” Renck noted. “As a result he becomes leading candidate to start at RT per depth chart.”
They need him. They just sent right tackle Menelik Watson to injured reserve, and he’s done for the year.
A lot of the Broncos’ offensive troubles this season have started with the line. Some of it stems from injury. Some of it is a lack of talent, or a lack of experience. Left tackle Garett Bolles is a rookie. If they’re going to get the offense going against a New England Patriots defense that has figured itself out after a disastrous start to the season, they’re going to do it with effective line play. It’s a tall order, but it has to happen or nothing else is going to click.
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