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Garett Bolles named Denver Broncos' starting left tackle

Denver Broncos rookie offensive tackle Garett Bolles during drills at the team's mandatory minicamp session Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Broncos' headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos rookie offensive tackle Garett Bolles during drills at the team's mandatory minicamp session Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Broncos' headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski, AP

When former University of Utah left tackle Garett Bolles was drafted 20th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2017 NFL draft, there was talk he could start immediately as a rookie.

That will indeed be the case, as Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced Monday that Bolles had won the top left tackle spot in the Mile High City.

"Garett Bolles is going to be the left tackle, for sure," Joseph said. "He's won that job."

The announcement is the latest piece of what has been an oft-chronicled redemption story for Bolles, a once-troubled teen who became a highly sought-after recruit at Snow College and starred in his lone season with the Utes.

In news that perhaps got more national attention but will directly impact Bolles, Joseph also announced Monday that Trevor Siemian won the starting quarterback job over 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch.