ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – What first attracted Denver Broncos new right tackle Bobby Massie in Colo. Was hiking and fishing.
He and his wife, Angie, bought a house in Castle Rock a year ago as he entered the second season of his four-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
That second home became a primary residence when the Bears let it go in January after being limited to eight games with a knee injury.
Massie decided to do some work on the new house while waiting to see where his next step was in his 10-year NFL journey.
This response came in May after Ja’Wuan James tore an Achilles tendon while working off-site, leading to his release which saved the Broncos his $ 10.58 million salary.
The Broncos signed Massie to a one-year, $ 2.5 million contract.
“I had bought a house here. So I had planned to live here anyway, ”said Massie. “My wife and I had been coming to her house for the past five or six years about three or four times a year. Just a vacation. We hike and fish and this was the perfect place for both of us.
Massie’s new home is about a 25-minute drive from I-25 from the team’s training center in the suburb of Englewood and about twice as far to Empower Field at Mile High.
“It was just a great opportunity for me and my family,” said Massie. “I had planned to live here before and always wanted to play in a place I called home and they had an opening and I can get the job done.”
Massie beat Calvin Anderson and Cam Fleming this summer.
“I think he did a really good job,” said offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. “He’s very diverse. I think he’s good at passing protection, but he’s also good at the running game. … He has a veteran side to him (which) I appreciate. We were talking about cadence yesterday next door. This is what veteran players do.
The Broncos have made more straight tackles than quarterbacks since winning the Super Bowl in Peyton Manning’s last game.
Since Michael Schofield started as a straight tackle in the Super Bowl, 11 other players have started there for Denver: Donald Stephenson, Ty Sambrailo, Allen Barbre, Cyrus Kouandjio, Menelik Watson, Jared Veldheer, Elijah Wilkinson, James, Jake Rodgers, Demar Dotson and Anderson.
“I’ve heard of it, but I haven’t dug in it,” Massie said of the Broncos’ right-tackle carousel over the past five seasons.
Massie is aiming to do something that no Broncos player has done since Orlando Franklin in 2012 – start every game with the right tackle.
Massie is one of those veterans who doesn’t hesitate to say he can still learn a new trick or two, even at 32.
In Denver, he was inspired by offensive line coach Mike Munchak, a Hall of Famer, and Von Miller, who is likely to find himself in Canton someday.
“Munch is a great coach. I can learn a lot from him. He has a jacket (gold) so he can give me more tools to add to my belt, ”Massie said. “He has a lot of wisdom and I am here to learn from him.”
In Massie’s opinion, facing Miller during training camp was another advantage: “Von didn’t miss a stage. It’s a walking jacket. He’s a hell of a player.
Massie is equally thrilled to be living full time in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
“It’s beautiful here. No humidity. I love it,” said Massie. “I love fishing. I am a big bass fisherman and I got into fly fishing.
Streams and lakes are its greens and fairways.
“I can’t play golf for nothing. So this is my version of golf, this is fly fishing, ”said Massie. “I’d rather be outside fishing than inside watching TV.”
Notes: Coach Vic Fangio said OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) is 50-50 for the opener. … The Broncos trained inside their clubhouse on Friday. One of the reasons was to get Von Miller on grass before the opening game at the Meadowlands, where the surface is artificial. It was inside the compound that Miller suffered a season-ending ankle injury a year ago. Fangio said Miller is doing well on the turf.
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