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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Denver's 'other' young tackle starring as well

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

While Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady has been getting high praise for his outstanding rookie season, the Broncos' other young offensive tackle is playing at a high level as well.

Through 10 games, right tackle Ryan Harris, like Clady, has allowed only a half sack. He and Tennessee's Michael Roos are the only tackles to start every game without allowing a sack.

Harris' excellent play is as impressive as Clady's. The third-round pick from Notre Dame in 2007 was on the field for only one offensive play as a rookie. Harris, who protected Brady Quinn's blind side in college, was moved to right tackle when the Broncos drafted Clady with the No. 12 overall pick in April.

Originally, when Matt Lepsis retired suddenly after last season, Harris was pegged to be the left tackle. But when the Broncos had the chance to draft Clady and play Harris at right tackle, they jumped at it.

The unexpected near flawless play by the two young tackles is a major reason why Denver's offensive line play has improved so greatly.