Denver Broncos Player Profile: Graham Glasgow #61 | Interior offensive line

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One of the steps the Denver Broncos took over the past two years to fix their offensive line was to bring in Graham Glasgow from the Detroit Lions. His game on the pitch has been solid and brings good versatility, but he may not have a starting position for the 2022 season.

With the plethora of options the Broncos have for their interior offensive line, what awaits Glasgow? Let’s dive into his resume to find the answer.

Biography

Glasgow turns 30 in August. He was born in Illinois and went a bit north and east for college at the University of Michigan.

University career

Glasgow had to fight for his place on Michigan’s roster as he was initially an extra in 2011, but was granted a scholarship in the spring of 2013. During his time there, he appeared in 42 games, starting in 37 He saw start action as a center as well as a guard.

Nine of his 15 starts at center came in 2013, but he was moved to guard for the 2014 season. He started games right and left and played exceptionally well.

In the 2014 season, he allowed 10 total pressures and one sack. However, he did well Focus on professional football with an overall rating of 81.7, 82.7 in run blocking and 75.6 in pass protection.

Glasgow’s final season in 2015 was at center, and he again allowed 10 pressures but no sacks. Additionally, the ratings of PFF were great, with only one game rating below 60.

Glasgow’s all-season ratings were better in run blocking (85.5) and pass protection (76.2), but worse overall (80.9). The drop in his overall standings could be because he was called up for eight penalties, with zero penalties in 2014.

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Glasgow had a promising collegiate career and was considered a late second day/early third day pick. He was invited to the Combine, where he put on a solid day testing well outside of the bench press and vertical jump. His relative athletic score was 8.56 for a guard but dropped to 7.97 when running as a center.

In the 2016 NFL Draft, Glasgow was the 95th overall pick for the Lions.

Professional career

Glasgow viewed the champ as a rookie, which was a poor showing. His overall rating was 53.7 and he allowed 30 total pressures and three sacks while playing as guard and center. However, there were some flashes that landed him a starting job for 2017.

In 2017, Glasgow again saw action as a guard and centre, and his ratings improved. His total rose to 70.6, run blocking was up nearly 12 points to 66.3 and pass blocking from 63.1 to 71.8. However, he still allowed three sacks with 26 total pressures.

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For the 2018 season, Glasgow settled into one spot as they found themselves as a starting centre. Overall, his game settled some of them as he allowed 15 total presses and a sack, and all of his ratings improved again. Although not considered one of the best interior offensive linemen in the NFL, he was on his way to being above average.

2019 was his last year in Detroit, and he was seeing time again as a center and guard again, although only 84 of his 872 snaps came as a center. He allowed 25 total pressures with zero sacks as his pass blocking rating dropped, but overall and run blocking continued to improve.

After the 2019 season, the Broncos brought him in because they needed help on their offensive line, and he settled into the right guard position. However, his ratings across the board dropped for the 2020 season as he allowed 15 total pressures and one sack.

There was no doubt he was struggling, but despite that, he was still the Broncos’ second-best lineman. This is down to how everyone has struggled this season and Glasgow were average.

The pressure was on and Glasgow struggled in the 2021 season. As he dealt with nicks, knocks and other issues before suffering a season-ending injury, he played 384 snaps in attack. During that time, he allowed 13 presses and two sacks as his ratings slipped.

After the season, general manager George Paton restructured Glasgow’s deal to keep him in Denver, at least for the 2022 season.

Outlook 2022

Quinn Meinerz has taken Glasgow’s spot, but he still has a chance to start. However, Glasgow are still recovering from injury so they have a long way to go.

Glasgow will be part of the competition at the central position, but there may be issues with his height as he is 6ft 6in. Lloyd Cushenberry III has struggled more than Glasgow for the past two years. It’s been a while since Glasgow played at centre, but perhaps he’s easier to trust than Cushenberry.

Glasgow also has a chance to end up as a starter at left guard. Dalton Risner is the outgoing and current favorite to be the starter, but there are so many moving parts, and he’s not cemented in them.

Not only is Glasgow part of the equation at left guard, but Billy Turner, Tom Compton and maybe even Natane Muti are also in play. Additionally, Denver reportedly tried to trade Risner during the draft, and possibly that the team will do it again during training camp or preseason.

If Glasgow ends up starting this season it will likely be at left guard, but center is always a possibility. That’s injury barring, which, knock on wood, the Broncos are having a good year in terms of health.


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