ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Left tackle Garett Bolles picked up the first honor of his young career Tuesday when he was named to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team.
Bolles, who the Broncos selected with the 20th-overall pick in April's draft, started all 16 games for Denver during the 2017 season.
New Orleans' Ryan Ramczyk was the other tackle named to this year's PFWA All-Rookie team.
Head Coach Vance Joseph spoke highly of Bolles when asked about the 25-year-old rookie's progress toward the end of the season.
"His confidence has not been shaken at all," Joseph said in late December. "Obviously, playing left tackle as a rookie is a tough job in this league. He's faced some tough rushers. He's held his own. He's a fighter. He's athletic. He's going to be a great player. Being a young tackle, he's had some ups and downs. That's natural. But, moving forward, that's going to be a good player for us."
Bolles became the first Broncos rookie to start all 16 games at left tackle since Ryan Clady accomplished the same feat in 2008. Clady was named to PFWA's All-Rookie team following that season.
When Clady visited Denver's last walkthrough of the 2017 season, he had the chance to meet Bolles and watch the rookie up close.
"From what I've seen, I think he has a great foundation," Clady told DenverBroncos.com. "I think he's going to be a good player in this league."
Bolles' selection marks the second consecutive year that Denver has had a player named to to PFWA's All-Rookie team. Punter Riley Dixon earned the nod in 2016.
Bolles is the first offensive rookie to secure the honor since Knowshon Moreno did so in 2009.