Does shuffling one spot over on the offensive line make a big difference?
Graham Glasgow said absolutely when analyzing the center-to-guard move, which is why it makes sense for the Broncos’ Plan A to put Glasgow at right guard and keep him there.
Glasgow has 26 NFL starts at center, 18 at left guard and 14 at right guard.
“Contrary to what a lot of people would say, I think it’s actually a bigger switch than people would like to let on,” he said. “Primarily, the biggest difference is (that) blocking a three-technique (defensive tackle) vs. blocking a one-shade (nose tackle) is pretty sizeable. You get a lot of better pass rushers out of that.”
And with that, Glasgow was off and running to offer valuable insight.
“With the current way teams are going, you see a lot of four-(defensive) end (personnel) walking around,” he said. “When you’re a guard, there’s a lot less help. You’re not really getting helped as much. When you’re a center, you’re mainly just giving help.
“In the pass game, I would say it’s definitely more challenging to play guard, but in the run game, I would say playing center is a little bit harder. And in a lot of ways, center is a lot more mentally taxing than physically.”
As a guard in the AFC West, Glasgow will face Kansas City defensive lineman Chris Jones and new Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Linval Joseph twice a year.
“When you have good guard play, you’re running the ball well and you’re having particularly good double teams, which helps make creases for the running back,” Glasgow said. “You don’t really contribute to the benefit of a lot of the long-yardage runs because you find that more on the edges and blocking on the safeties — that’s how you get those, 15-, 20-, 30-yard runs. The guards and centers in particular can make it so you have less minus-yard runs.
“Good guard play helps an offense out a lot.”
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Affordable at quarterback. The obvious reason why the Broncos could spend big money this month on right guard (Glasgow) and running back (Melvin Gordon) in free agency and acquire cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey in trades was their affordable quarterback room.
According to Spotrac, the Broncos’ quarterbacks have a combined cap hit of $4,018,368, 30th in the NFL, ahead of only New England ($2.818 million) and Jacksonville ($1.547 million). The league average is $18.9 million.
The top three quarterback cap hits are Indianapolis ($47.125 million), the Los Angeles Rams ($36.727 million) and Las Vegas ($32.272 million).
First-round attrition. If it seems like many former first-round picks have changed teams this offseason, that is the reality.
Among the 2015 first-round class, 25 of 32 have changed teams. Washington guard Brandon Scherff is the only pick among the top 12 to still be with his original team.
Among the 2016 first-round class, 19 of 31 picks (New England didn’t have a first-round pick) have changed teams.
Cam’s future. The Broncos haven’t been the same since beating Carolina in Super Bowl 50 following the 2015 season, which was their last postseason appearance. The same goes for free-agent quarterback Cam Newton.
Since the Super Bowl, Newton has a 23-23 record (65 touchdowns and 44 interceptions), further proof that his 2015 MVP season was lightning in the figurative bottle.
Newton, cut by Carolina last week, reportedly passed a physical regarding his foot. If I’m Jacksonville, signing Newton on a one-year deal is a no-brainer. If the Jaguars aren’t interested, Newton’s best course is finding a soft landing spot for 2020. Jameis Winston should have the same plan.
Nobody wants them. A sign of a bad roster: None of their free agents are signed in the first two waves of the market.
Miami had 17 free agents and it wasn’t until Thursday that one got a new contract with another team — center Evan Brown signed with Cleveland. Among the players still available is veteran cornerback Aqib Talib.
The Dolphins added 10 players from other teams.
Shorter is better. Through late in the week, a look at the contract length of free agents revealed that shorter deals were the norm.
Only five five-year contracts were handed out and only one (New Orleans guard Andrus Peat) re-signed with their team. There were six four-year contracts, including the Broncos-Glasgow deal. Teams used three-year contracts on 39 players and two-year contracts on 36 players.
Brother as receiver. New Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel spends the offseason in the Orlando, Fla., area. How is he getting his work in during the coronavirus pandemic?
“I’m pretty hunkered down in the house doing my workout stuff like weights and running,” he said. “My brother is staying with me right now because he was in Miami and he’s working remotely from my house. He’s paying rent in the form of catching (my passes). That’s how I’m keeping my arm alive and moving.”
Footnotes. Mike Pennel, who attended high school at Grandview and finished his career at CSU-Pueblo, signed a one-year contract to stay with Kansas City. Pennel played the final half of 2019 with the Chiefs and had a quarterback hit in the Super Bowl. … The folks at Cool Media are rolling out point spreads for the season. First up was the AFC South and NFC South. The Broncos are underdogs at Atlanta (plus-2 1/2) and at home against New Orleans (plus-3) and Tampa Bay (plus-1) and a road favorite at Carolina (minus-1 1/2). … Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the draft to be held as scheduled (April 23-25) and the boss will get it. It will be interesting how teams deal with the logistical challenges (will even a skeleton crew be allowed to have a war room?). … When a deal isn’t official until it’s official: A week after agreeing to terms, there was no pen-to-paper for the Jaguars/cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Baltimore/defensive end Michael Brockers. Dennard is still a free agent, but the Rams pounced on Brockers to re-sign him. … Broncos free agent defensive end Derek Wolfe remains unsigned