Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos offensive line pass first test against Seattle (Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post)
Bolles balanced learning with success last season. He landed on the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie team but also led the Broncos with 15 penalties (10 holding, four false starts and one unnecessary roughness). Bolles told reporters he’s done addressing his play in 2017. Instead, he’ll describe the time he now spends after practice with Veldheer to refine small details that led to costly mistakes as a rookie.
"Understanding that if you want to be the best, you’ve got to practice the best and do things the best way. I feel like we do a great job with that," Bolles said. "It starts with (offensive line/guards coach Sean) Kugler and (offensive line/tackles coach Chris) Strausser and their preparation. It’s a special thing. I’m excited to see where this goes, because we’re right on track and we’re heading in a good direction."
Emmanuel Sanders' 10-catch, 135-yard opener result of offseason work (Mike Klis, 9NEWS)
No, Sanders said, the motivation behind 10-135 was last year’s disappointing 5-11 record and 47- catch/555-yard production. A year he didn’t want to repeat, especially after he averaged 11 wins, 85 catches and 1,190 yards in his first three seasons with the Broncos.
"Last year, going through a losing season and being hurt, I was motivated all off season," Sanders said. "Making sure I’m eating right, taking care of my body so we can try and turn this thing around. I know what it’s like to be a Bronco. I’ve been a Bronco for five years and having a losing season is not how you be a Bronco."
Broncos' offensive line revisions good thus far (Jim O'Connell, Colorado Springs Gazette)
"Offensive line was incredible," said quarterback Case Keenum, who was sacked once. "It was awesome to watch those guys. There were some plays where I had so much time in the pocket. I’m going to be so excited to watch the film and see those guys play."
How the Broncos’ offseason moves have, so far, sparked a change in LT Garett Bolles (Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic)
Although he loathed to discuss the past, Bolles couldn’t help but to acknowledge the changes. The game has slowed, he admitted, and results have followed.
"I did what I was supposed to last year. I thought I played really well," he said. "But I didn’t play like everyone knew that I could, from upstairs, to my teammates to my coaches. They expected more out of me and I expected more out of myself. I’ll be the first one to tell people that."