After the Steelers dominated the Broncos offensive line Sunday to the tune of seven sacks, 11 tackles for loss and 19 quarterback hits, left guard Dalton Risner made no excuses for the unit’s poor performance.
Coming into 2020, certain growing pains with the offensive line were to be expected.
The Broncos start a rookie at center in Lloyd Cushenberry, while Elijah Wilkinson is filling in for veteran Ja’Wuan James (opted out) at right tackle. However, Risner and free-agent acquisition Graham Glasgow are supposed to be stabilizers at the guard positions, while growth was expected from fourth-year pro Garett Bolles at left tackle.
However, there was little consistency to be found Sunday. In addition to pass protection issues, Broncos running back Melvin Gordon was held to 70 yards, and the Broncos had 104 yards rushing overall.
“That infuriates me,” Risner said. “We’ve got to be better as an offensive line and not let that happen. I don’t care if they brought the house every single play. It’s upsetting, and we have to be better than that.”
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