Word out of minicamp is that Ryan Harris and Orlando Franklin were already splitting time at right tackle with the first team. Harris has spent more of his career in the training room that he has on the field. Counting on him to stay on the field for an entire season is a risky proposition, but one that may pay dividends for the Broncos in the long run. Despite all of his injury concerns, long time Broncos fans know that when healthy he's the best right tackle this team has had on the field since Tony Jones in 1997. While his run blocking is not as effective as Orlando Franklin's, his pass blocking skills are far superior. Let's face it folks. If Manning goes down, the dream is over. I've heard all of the lip service out of Dove Valley. If anyone really thinks that the Broncos will still be a run heavy team, I have some swamp land to sell you in Denver. Protecting Manning is priority #1 for the offensive line.
If Harris can show the coaches that he can man the RT position, Franklin will be moved inside to guard where he belongs. Re-sign Clady and move Franklin to next to him and the Broncos have left side of the offensive line locked down for years to come. In one swift move, the Broncos become much improved in 2 positions along the offensive line. If Harris goes down during the season, Beadles moves into the RT position. The best part of this plan is that the RT position can be helped with a TE kept in to block, or a RB to chip on the way out. It's much easier to overcome a weakness on the outside of the line than the inside.
Is this all a pipe dream? More than likely. Call me stubborn but I refuse to give up my dream of Clady and Franklin dominating the left side of the Broncos line for years to come.