Banged-up Broncos offensive line awaits Billy Turner’s return after “A-minus” start to 2022 campaign

Historically, when the Broncos are at their best, their offensive line is one of the top blocking units in the NFL.

Through two games this year, Denver’s front doesn’t qualify as elite.  But they are getting there, in spite of injuries to right guard Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) and right tackle Billy Turner (knee).

“We have a lot to get better at in terms of cleaning up penalties and pre-snap penalties, but in all reality, we’ve had two really good rushing games and we’ve got to continue to build off the rushing that we’ve had,” left guard Dalton Risner said. “Our protection’s been really good too, even though here and there we’ve had some negative runs and a few sacks. But in terms of starting the season, with Billy not being able to go yet and Quinn battling an early injury, we’ve done really well.”

General manager George Paton’s roster construction gave the Broncos breathing room for just those types of injuries on the offensive line. Whereas in recent years the Broncos needed to turn to inexperienced players when starters went down, this season, they had two veterans waiting in the wings at right guard (Graham Glasgow) and right tackle (Cam Fleming).

Glasgow, Denver’s starter at right guard last year before sustaining a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 9, grades the Broncos’ line at an A-minus so far. The Broncos rank 10th in average rushing yards (126), tied-19th in sacks (five,…

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