Denver Broncos: Investigating the True Impact of Ryan Clady’s Injury

June 7, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Ryan Clady of 2015 is nothing like the Ryan Clady of 2010, but his ACL tear will still impact the Denver Broncos.
Clady's unfortunate knee injury during OTAs marks the second season-ending injury suffered by a Bronco this offseason, and this one will hurt. Clady was a Pro Bowl left tackle last year and has been a consistently stellar player for many years.
So it will hurt not to have him around. However, the Broncos have the talent on the line to withstand this major loss.
First of all, they have Chris Clark, who did an admirable job filling in for Clady in 2013. He earned a plus-14.1 grade on Pro Football Focus (subscription required) while filling in for Clady at left tackle. At a mere 290 pounds, the athletic Clark is a great fit for new head coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.
However, Clark struggled at right tackle last year, showing that he's best suited on the left side. Even though he hasn't played in a zone-blocking scheme, he has the t...

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