After a disastrous 2016 season, the Denver Broncos knew their offensive line had to improve in 2017. Through four games, they have been better, but they are still far from a dominant unit.
On Tuesday afternoon, Pro Football Focus (PFF) released a list ranking all 32 NFL teams in pass blocking efficiency, and the Broncos came in at No. 23 with a grade of 73.7.
Here’s what PFF had to say about the Broncos:
“Denver’s offensive line has allowed ten sacks, second-most in the league, while RT Menelik Watson has allowed seven of those by himself, and had given up six by the end of week two. Rookie LT Garett Bolles has given up 14 total pressures but just one sack.”
As PFF alluded to, Watson has struggled mightily in 2017. The offseason free agent acquisition has an overall grade of 36.8 for the season, which ranks 64th in the league among offensive tackles who have played enough snaps to qualify.
Here is a quick rundown on PFF’s overall grades for the rest of Denver’s starting offensive line:
- LT Garett Bolles: 67.1 (No 34. OT)
- LG Allen Barbre: 52.6 (No. 41 OG)
- LG Max Garcia: 44.0 (No. 55 OG)
- C Matt Paradis: 78.5 (No. 5 C)
- RG Ron Leary: 82.9 (No. 9 OG)
To determine their grades for each respective team, PFF broke down “every pressure and sack surrendered over the NFL season, assigning blame to the offensive line, tight ends or backs kept in as part of the protection, to quarterbacks if they hold the ball too long or drift into pressure, or even simply leave them unassigned – unblocked plays or players left unaccounted for by design or error in the protection.” From there, PFF totaled how much of each team’s total pressure came at the fault of their offensive line.
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