Coach not too wor­ried about LT po­si­tion

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

phoenix» Boiled down, it’s a mat­ter of sup­ply and de­mand. Sup­ply is low and de­mand is high, and the Bron­cos, as a re­sult, are still in need of a true starter at left of­fen­sive tackle.

They let Rus­sell Okung walk in free agency. They held onto Don­ald Stephenson, on a re­vised con­tract, and wel­comed Menelik Watson. They have other line­men po­ten­tially ca­pa­ble of swing­ing to the left edge — Michael Schofield, Ty Sam­brailo, Max Gar­cia, even — but no true sec­ond starter at tackle.

The pool of free-agent tack­les was slim to be­gin with and is now scarce. The depth in the draft is weak and the top tack­les may be gone be­fore the Bron­cos pick at No. 20.

“They may not fall to us,” Bron­cos coach Vance Joseph said. “We have to go into the draft with an open mind as far as tak­ing the best player for our needs. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of both. It’s not only the best player, but it’s your need. If there is a tackle there that has a first-round grade from us, that’s awe­some.”

The Bron­cos’ op­tions for fill­ing that left tackle spot are slim.

“There are al­ways op­tions,” gen­eral man­ager John El­way said. “We still have many months in front of us to do the best we can to fill that.” Joseph doesn’t seem fazed. “I’m not sur­prised that we’re sit­ting here with­out a known left tackle. Stephenson has played some left; Watson has played some left tackle — so I’m not overly con­cerned with it.”

The Bron­cos, known to seek the value picks and ac­qui­si­tions, are wait­ing for the right op­tion to come avail­able, trades in­cluded since they have 10 draft picks and about $16.1 mil­lion in salary cap space.

“We’ll have a so­lu­tion. It’s not fixed yet but it doesn’t have to be fixed yet,” El­way said. “We’ll con­tinue to work on it. We’re aware of that prob­lem.”

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