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Broncos GM calls out Garrett Bolles for penalties, but he knew the guy was not smart when he drafted him

Garrett Bolles has a problem with holding his defenders and the GM that drafted him knew he struggled between the ears before he drafted him.

This week, Denver Broncos GM John Elway told the media he was sick of Garrett Bolles holding penalties.

“Well, it’s got to stop. Period,” Elway said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “There are no more excuses for it. He’s had 26 holding penalties in the last two years and two games, so it’s got to stop. The bottom line is if he thinks he’s getting singled out, he is. He’s got to understand that. He’s got to understand what he’s doing. And that was my question [Sunday], ‘Does he know what holding is?’ Does he know what he can and can’t do?’ If he thinks he’s getting targeted, he’s got to realize he isn’t. We’ll keep working for it and he’s still a talented guy. He cannot do that because it’s beating us.”

Well, I cannot blame anyone but John Elway, he knew that Bolles was not the sharpest tool in the shed when he drafted him in the first round. I mean the kid from Utah scored a 9 on his Wonderlic Exam. NFL teams usually look for offensive lineman with smarts, and great character. So if the Broncos are upset with Bolles they have to look at themselves in the mirror on this one.

Bolles has led the Broncos in holding penalties since entering the league in 2017, having 19 accepted holding calls from 2017 and 2018. He has five total this year, which isn’t good for an offense that ranks No. 28 in points per game (15.0) and No. 18 in third-down conversion rate (33.3%). 

He is off to a pretty bad start, but I hope he can turn it around.

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