Unit-By-Unit Analysis: OL and DL

Check out our analysis of the Denver Broncos prospects at offensive and defensive lines.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Starters - LT Matt Lepsis, LG Ben Hamilton, C Tom Nalen, RG Cooper Carlisle, RT George Foster (RT). Backups - T Adam Meadows, T Erik Pears, G Chris Kuper, G/C Chris Myers.

The Broncos' offensive line will do what it always does. It will protect Plummer well, open up big holes for the running backs, be accused of cheating by numerous opponents and refuse to talk to the media about any of it. Denver brought back its entire line from last year, so there won't be many surprises.

If there's one area of concern it's Foster, a former first-round pick who hasn't played up to expectations all the time. Meadows could get a chance at right tackle at some point. The Broncos have found a couple of good players, like Kuper and Myers, late in the draft the past couple of years, which should help with depth.

Cornell Green, who split time with Foster last season, and longtime Bronco tight end and offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell were cut.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Starters - DE Courtney Brown, DT Gerard Warren, DT Michael Myers, DE Ebenezer Ekuban. Backups - DE Kenard Lang, DT/DE Elvis Dumervil, DT Demetrin Veal, DE Patrick Chukwurah, DE John Engelberger.

This group is on the spot. The Broncos would rather not blitz as much this season. But if the front four can't get a pass rush, the Broncos will have to revert to what worked last year. Denver needs a strong year from Warren after giving him a big contract in the offseason. He is capable of a Pro Bowl season.

Myers is solid in the middle. Ekuban could have a good year with more playing time, as he replaces Trevor Pryce. Brown, who had arthroscopic surgery during training camp, simply needs to stay healthy. Lang and Veal look like the top two options off the bench in passing situations.

Defensive tackles Amon Gordon and Antwon Burton were waived and then signed to the practice squad.



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