Unit-by-unit analysis: Offensive line

For the past few years the Denver Broncos had very little depth behind a solid starting unit. The starters are still very good and the depth has improved. The starting five remained intact when center Tom Nalen and left tackle Matt Lepsis re-signed this offseason.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Starters - LT Matt Lepsis, LG Ben Hamilton, C Tom Nalen, RG Cooper Carlisle, RT George Foster. Backups - T Cornell Green, G Dwayne Carswell, C Greg Eslinger, T Erik Pears, G Taylor Whitley, G Martin Bibla, G Chris Kuper, G/T P.J. Alexander, G/T Chris Myers.

For the past few years the Broncos had very little depth behind a solid starting unit. The starters are still very good and the depth has improved. The starting five remained intact when Nalen and Lepsis re-signed this offseason.

Lepsis is very athletic and has held his own against some of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Nalen's toughness sets the tone for the entire group. Watching the unit work in sync on their stretch running plays is impressive, and the continuity is a part of that.

Foster faces a big season. He regressed a bit last year after a good first season in the starting lineup in 2004. He is huge but athletic, and the former first-round pick should be more dominant than he is.

The Broncos drafted Eslinger and Kuper in the later rounds. The Broncos like smaller, athletic lineman and both fit the bill. Eslinger, who was a tremendous center at Minnesota, in particular should fit in well with Denver.

Myers is versatile and could be the top interior backup by the end of camp.

Green rotated with Foster at right tackle at times last year, and the Broncos can rely on him to back up at tackle.



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