OT BOLLES MOVES CLOSER TO START­ING

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Nick Kos­mider, The Den­ver Post

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.

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