Broncos right tackle Michael Schofield prepares not just for first start, but for first snap

AP

Maybe Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning really should swap the pistol formation for punt formation on Sunday.

With a Vikings defense that repeatedly pummeled Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers over the past two games coming to town, the Broncos have been forced to shuffle their tackles, due to an injury that will keep Ty Sambrailo from playing. Sambrailo, the season-long replacement for Ryan Clady, has a shoulder problem.

As a result, Ryan Harris moves from the right side to the left side, and Michael Schofield moves into the starting lineup.

For Schofield, it’s not just his first NFL start — it’ll be his first snap in an NFL regular-season game.

I’ll definitely have some butterflies,” Schofield recently said, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “I’m sure everyone does in their first game. I’ve just got to go out there, play with confidence and play with good technique.”

Schofield now has to prove that he’s worth of the third-round pick the team invested in him.

“This is a great opportunity for Michael,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “As a player, that’s all you ask for — work, work, work and then someday, OK, hey, here we go. Then you find out. It’s Michael’s turn.”

It could end up being Brian Robison’s turn to make Schofield into a turnstile. Ditto for Everson Griffen, who’ll be facing Harris on the other side. The Minnesota defensive line has been stout this season, and Manning may have to get rid of the ball even faster. Or, if all else fails, hit the deck.

12 responses to “Broncos right tackle Michael Schofield prepares not just for first start, but for first snap

  1. All week Broncos fans have been talking about how the Vikings won’t score against that elite D. They should be more worried about their offense scoring with a horrible run game.

  2. Schofield should have butterflies. The Vikings D line has destroyed opposing O lines in the last 2 weeks. I’m glad they got humiliated in San Fran.Lit a real fire in them getting embarrassed like that. Should be a great game. If Vikings take away Mannings short game, it won’t be pretty. Don’t think Manning can take the brutal beating Stafford and Rivers did. Vikings play Bully Ball, smash the QB any chance you get.

  3. Not a good sign when your action shot is a warm up photo.

    I’m a big Vikings fan and our group tends to take these things as the game is over, why even play and then we look at the score board (i.e. San Fran). Talk to Viking fans we didn’t even need to go on the plane for that game and looked what happened…..

    If the Vikings can score 24 I think they win but unsure if we can score that much on this D. Having said this, I do think Manning will be nervous and I would bring pressure up the middle, leave the corners alone (Manning will figure that out) and jump the short routes all day. I do think Denver will be nervous to go long so shorten the field.

    Good development game for our team (win or lose) to see if we are making progress.

    Don’t blast me too much Vikings fan, I’m just realistic but we are getting better. Hopefully today will confirm that!

  4. This is one Broncos fan that doesn’t think the Vikes will be a pushover. Gonna be a hard fought tough game. But I think the Broncos still win.

  5. can’t wait to watch the chess match between manning and zimmer.

    teddy and adrian wont do much against that defense, but they have to play against our defense too.

  6. This is just the kind of game where the Vikings do the opposite of what is expected. Offensive line is injured and inexperienced? Watch them have no trouble blocking a defense that has looked really good the last two weeks. Call me a pessimist, but that’s just the way it seems to work when you’re a Viking fan.

  7. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 4, 2015 4:06 PM
    This is just the kind of game where the Vikings do the opposite of what is expected. Offensive line is injured and inexperienced? Watch them have no trouble blocking a defense that has looked really good the last two weeks. Call me a pessimist, but that’s just the way it seems to work when you’re a Viking fan.
    ———————————-
    But you’re not a Vikings fan. You’re a well known Cheesehead on this site. Who do you think you’re kidding? NO ONE TROLL.

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