Drilling in: Offensive Linemen
Starters - LT D.J. Humphries, LG Mike Iupati, C A.Q. Shipley, RG Justin Pugh, RT Andre Smith. Backups - John Wetzel, Mason Cole, Evan Boehm, Daniel Munyer, Korey Cunningham, Will Holden, Josh Allen, Vinston Painter, Will House, Greg Pyke.
The unit returns three starters in Humphries, Iupati and Shipley and it's the belief of both head coach Steve Wilks and GM Steve Keim that the free-agent additions of Pugh and Smith improve the front five significantly. Chemistry and communication will be the key moving forward to see if that becomes a reality, but in studying the starters throughout offseason workouts, it appeared this group was already well on its way to establishing a solid rapport with each other. There's a lot to like about some of the immediate depth behind them, too. Rookie draft picks Cole and Cunningham are seen as definite NFL players who in short order should be able to contribute, if needed. Boehm, meanwhile, offers nice position flexibility at all three interior spots.