Days away from the first game of the season, incumbent tackle Trent Brown appeared on the injury report with a calf issue, and just moments into the first drive of Week 1, he was forced to exit the game. When Good was asked to fill in last season it was at left guard, something he feels comfortable with, but the coaching staff asked him to step up in Brown’s stead. The tackle spot was something Good had familiarity with, but it wasn’t his favorite and against a young Carolina Panthers pass rush he was put to the test.
He looked like a natural at right tackle.
In the weeks since, Brown’s continued to deal with ailments, as well as left guard Richie Incognito, causing Good to transition back and forth between the two positions and done so without becoming complacent. Good hasn’t earned the recognition as a Pro Bowler or elite lineman in the league like his fellow linemen, but he’s played so well his teammates and coaches are declaring him an early candidate for team MVP.
“He’s been sensational,” Coach Gruden told reporters Wednesday. “Today we go out there, Kolton [Miller] didn’t practice, Gabe [Jackson] was limited. We did a good job resting Rodney [Hudson]. Trent obviously is out. [Richie] Incognito has been out. Denzelle could probably play all four, five positions. He might be able to play two at a time if we need him too. He’s been great. Doesn’t say a word. Low maintenance or no maintenance. Real pro’s pro. We’re happy to have him.”
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