Stanley Daniels Gets Chance to Earn Broncos LG Job

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports that left guard remains the one open starting job on the team, and tonight Stanley Daniels will get his chance to earn it.

"There's a lot of guys still competing for that job--we've not given the job to anybody," Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said. "I think both players understand they're not where we want them to be. And they aren't where they want to be in terms of consistency and level of play all the time. I don't think that's a negative connotation for any player."

Due in part to the Broncos playing without Ryan Clady and its top two running backs (Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter), and starting a rookie center (J.D. Walton), the Broncos have the NFL's 31st-ranked rushing attack this pre-season, averaging just 55.5 yards per game.

Daniels (6-4, 328) has bounced around the NFL since signing with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington in 2007. Daniels spent the '07 season as a street free agent after being waived by the New York Jets, and spent the 2008 season on the Jets' practice squad. Daniels spent 15 weeks on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad last season before being waived in May and claimed by the Broncos.

Broncos second-round pick Zane Beadles has started the previous two pre-season games at left guard, and provided Clady is healthy, is the favorite to be the starter the position when the regular season opens. Given the recent injuries to Clady and right tackle Ryan Harris, though, getting work with the first-team offense will be valuable experience for Daniels.

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