“Hopefully after this game our starters are pretty set," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “After this ballgame, hopefully, we have everything set as far as starters on both sides of the ball."
Most of the Broncos’ starters are expected to play at least a half against the Packers. Defensive ends Derek Wolfe (ankle) and Jared Crick (back) will not play, but Wolfe is a starter and Crick was working with the starters when he suffered his injury in practice earlier in the preseason. The position that remains open, since the Broncos announced Trevor Siemian had won the starting quarterback job, is left guard as the Broncos try to close out the makeover in the offensive line.
Rookie left tackle Garett Bolles, right guard Ron Leary and right tackle Menelik Watson are already new starters. Either Max Garcia, who started all 16 games at left guard last season, or Allen Barbre, who was acquired in a trade early on in training camp, will win the job. Joseph has said the two will split time with the starters in the first half against the Packers and will split time at least some in the third quarter as well.
“Max has played very well the last couple weeks and Max’s [pass protection] has improved an awful lot," Joseph said. “ ... For about a week now, [Barbre] has been very solid. Both of them are playing well."
If Barbre wins the job, it would make center Matt Paradis the only holdover up front from last season.