thinks a Denver Broncos starter could lose his starting job during training camp.

Eric Edholm, a lead draft writer for, suggested this week that Broncos guard Dalton Risner could be demoted this summer.


The 27-year-old Risner has started 47 games in his first three seasons and is one of the more well-liked Broncos in the locker room. Also, he should be highly motivated to play well this season considering he’s entering a contract year. But the outlook for Risner, who has been solid to this point in his career, suddenly seems a little murky. Netane Muti has been seeing some first-team snaps at guard and might be a better fit in the team’s newly implemented zone-blocking system. Risner makes pretty good coin this season and could be a dark-horse trade candidate should Muti clearly beat him out for a starting gig.

Aug 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Denver Broncos offensive guard Dalton Risner (66) recovers a fumble for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

This seems like a bit of a stretch. Risner, like any offensive lineman, could certainly play better. But he’s already a favorite of new head coach Nathaniel Hackett, so it’s hard to see him being demoted.

Hackett actually praised Risner this week as a great leader while noting that he’s done an “absolutely incredible job” during training camp.

That doesn’t sound like Hackett’s talking about a guy who is about to lose his starting job.

Anything can happen during camp, but I’d be surprised if Risner isn’t at the top of the depth chart when the season gets underway next month.

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