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For Broncos at guard, it's Ron Leary on the left and Max Garcia on the right


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Max Garcia wanted to make Ron Leary feel welcome and do the right thing for the team.

So even though Garcia started all 16 games at left guard last year, he offered to move to right guard, a position he played in spurts as a rookie in 2015 when he spelled then-starter Louis Vasquez throughout the season.

"I said I'd play right, just off the bat," Garcia said. "Whatever we have to do to be more comfortable."

Left guard is the position at which Leary started 47 games over the last four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, so it suits him well.

"Obviously, I'm more comfortable on the left side, because that's where I've been pretty much my entire career in Dallas," Leary said. "We talked about it [with Offensive Line] Coach [Jeff] Davidson, and that's pretty much the direction we're going right now."

That doesn't mean it might not change at some point.

"It's going to happen where I have to go to the left or he has to go to the right. It's going to happen," Garcia said. "So as long as either one of us is prepared to make that change, it's going to be okay."

Moving around is something to which Garcia became accustomed during his college playing days. He started a full season at left tackle for Maryland in 2011 and later transferred to Florida. After sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules, he started at left guard and left tackle before moving to center for the 2014 season.

That made Garcia well-qualified for the swing backup role he assumed in his rookie season. He played 581 snaps that year, starting four games at left guard and one at right guard -- a spot he must now re-learn.

"There are a few differences. It's just how you see things, how you see the defenses, your stance," he said. "Right now it's tricky. I always want to get into my left [guard] stance when I'm working in drills, but I've just got to remember to work out of that right [guard] stance. It's not a huge difference, but it is a difference."

But the fact that he played right guard before puts him and the Broncos at ease.

"I don't really have a preference," Garcia said. "I felt like I did better on the right side my rookie year, and then last year I played all left, so obviously I feel a lot more comfortable playing left [guard] just after last season.

"But nothing is set in stone. I'm always willing to make a change and do whatever I have to do to make the team prosper."

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