That's an ominuous detail, considering that Peyton Manning is 39 years old. Don't think that John Elway isn't aware of it. In a chat with Peter King of the MMQB, Elway talked about the current state of the O-line and what the future might hold.
“We’re still working on it,” Elway said. “We’re looking at all options. If we can find a player who can help us there as the season approaches, we’ll look at it.”
In the MMQB piece, King goes on to muse that perhaps the Broncos might look at making a deal for O-line depth with a team rich at the position—something we also contemplated last week.
The latter part of Elway's comments, I believe, were geared more toward the waiver wire. As the regular season aproaches, and NFL teams have to cut down to their final 53-man roster, each and every year, there are a handful of surprise veterans who find themselves on the outside looking in.
No matter how the starting O-line unit performs in the last two preseason games, Elway and the Broncos will almost certainly be going through each phase of the waiver cuts to see if there's a veteran, or maybe even a rookie, who would be a scheme-fit.
Last week in Houston, the young O-line improved with Manning under center. Whether that's a reflection of their progress as a unit, or the effect of Manning's sub-2.5 second release, is unclear at this time.
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