Dalton Risner’s been the one constant on injury-riddled Broncos O-line, which seeks improvement down stretch


Amid all the variables on the Broncos’ offensive line this year, Dalton Risner has been the constant.

Risner is the lone Denver lineman to play every game in 2022. In a contract season, the Wiggins product and 2019 second-round pick out of Kansas State has started 58 of 60 career games. And he’s emerged as the leader on the Broncos’ front, which has been plagued by injuries.

“When we got in here, (the new coaching staff) didn’t know exactly what we had with him,” head coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “He’s been a true pro, and he’s gotten better every week with (the new blocking scheme). He’s really taken control of that room.”

Heading into Week 13 in Baltimore, Denver’s used seven different offensive line combinations. That lack of continuity up front, in tandem with a slate of fresh faces in the backfield due to injuries and Melvin Gordon’s dismissal, has undoubtedly contributed to the Broncos’ poor rankings in average rushing (24th at 104.3 yards), sacks allowed (29th with 36) and points per game (last with 14.3).

But Risner said that’s no excuse, and hopes the line the Broncos have rolled out the past couple of weeks can start to find its mojo. Against Baltimore this week, it will be Calvin Anderson at left tackle, Risner at left guard, Graham Glasgow at center, Quinn Meinerz at right guard and Cam Fleming at right tackle for the third week in a row.


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