OT BOLLES MOVES CLOSER TO STARTING
Garett Bolles has the deepest voice in the offensive line room at Broncos headquarters. He’s the bass in a choir of aging baritones.
Bolles’ rumbling vocals give him a presence. But it’s his play during training camp that has given the team’s top draft pick an opportunity to grab a starting position at left tackle.
Bolles, the No. 20 overall pick out of Utah, was listed at the top of the rotation at left tackle when the Broncos released their first depth chart Monday morning. It was not a major surprise given that Bolles has been the first left tackle to take repetitions with the first-team offense as part of a rotation that also includes Donald Stephenson and Ty Sambrailo.
Still, it’s an encouraging step for a player upon whom the Broncos placed sizable expectations.
“We’ve watched the spring and we’ve watched the first two weeks of training camp, and he’s played well. In my opinion, he’s earned the right to start the game,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said of the preseason opener Thursday at Chicago.
The game not only represent Bolles’ first taste of NFL action. It will also be the first time he has attended an NFL game.
“I always get butterflies, but once the whistle blows, it’s just a game,” Bolles said. “I block everything out and I’m just ready to put people in the dirt.”
Plan for Charles.
Veteran running back Jamaal Charles will play for the Broncos at some point in the preseason. Joseph just isn’t saying when the former Kansas City Chiefs star will take the field for the first time.
“We have a plan in place for Jamaal,” Joseph said. “I won’t reveal that yet, but he’s going to play in the preseason.”
Charles, listed as the third-team running back behind C.J. Anderson and the injured Devontae Booker on the team’s initial depth chart, began fully participating in 11-on11 drills at practice last week as he continues to work his way back from multiple knee surgeries over the past two seasons.
Davis, Ward out vs. Chicago.
Inside linebacker Todd Davis (shoulder) and safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) will not play Thursday, Joseph said.