Protecting Manning is Job One for the Broncos
If the Denver Broncos are going to make a run at a Super Bowl title this year protecting Peyton Manning is job number one. The Broncos could use a little luck as well. That luck has eluded them so far in the off-season. The offensive line has had a couple of set backs this spring, which won’t make the job any easier.
Right guard Chris Kuper's future is in doubt after multiple surgeries on his ankle. He was unable to participate in on-field work or conditioning drills this off-season from surgery on the ankle, but the team is still holding out hope he will be back for training camp.
Center J.D. Walton's surgery Monday takes him out of commission until late October or November, however, if he continues to have setbacks or any issues in his rehab, he could be out for the season.
The signings of guard Louis Vasquez' and center Dan Koppen could help, but hardly an ideal situation for the Broncos. Koppen had 13 starts in Denver last season. He has been working out and is familiar with Manning so that should help but the fact is the Broncos can’t keep Manning healthy a run at this years Super Bowl could be a long shot.