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NFL locals: Utah's Bolles, BYU's Williams, USU's Sharp shine in Broncos' win over Packers

DENVER — A Ute, a Cougar and an Aggie all had positive moments during the Denver Broncos’ 20-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers in preseason play on Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.

Former Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles and former BYU running back Jamaal Williams each showed off parts of their games for the Broncos and Packers, respectively, while former Utah State wide receiver Hunter Sharp had a strong drive in the third quarter in a game that features teams with a combined 10 Utah ties on their rosters.

The rookie Bolles, like he has throughout preseason play, got the start at left tackle for the Broncos. Earlier this week, Denver head coach Vance Joseph told reporters he has earned the starting job for the regular season.

Denver’s first-round draft pick had a solid night overall, playing every offensive snap during the first half and through the team’s first series in the third quarter. He showed power in both pass protection as well as run blocking, including one play where he kept former Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell from pressuring quarterback Trevor Siemian on a play late in the second quarter.

Perhaps most importantly, one week after picking up four penalties, he had none against Green Bay.

"(Take it) one game at a time," Bolles said afterward as the Broncos locker room watched the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. "Sometimes you have a good day, sometimes you have a bad day, but the bad days make the good days better."

Williams, also a rookie, came in as the team’s second running back behind starter Ty Montgomery, who returned to the field after missing last week’s game with a leg injury. Williams played multiple series in the second quarter.

While Williams had his lowest rushing output of the preseason — he had three carries for 4 yards — he made up for it by being a strong dump-off target for Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley.

After making a 9-yard catch on a third-down play on an earlier drive, Williams had a 20-yard catch on Green Bay’s third drive of the second quarter for a first down. He followed that with a 17-yard catch on a third-and-10 play and finished with three catches for 46 yards.

"They were playing off a little bit and the checkdowns were there. I really think they were just focusing the receivers getting down deep and they just forgot about me," Williams said.

Williams is in a running back committee that features five rookies, including former Utah State back Devante Mays. On Saturday night, rookie Aaron Jones led the group with six carries for 43 yards.

Former Utah State wide receiver Hunter Sharp gave the Broncos a 20-10 lead in the third quarter when he made a leaping grab on a deep pass for a 21-yard touchdown off the hand of third-string quarterback Kyle Sloter. That came one play after Sharp made a 20-yard reception on third-and-10. Sharp accounted for all of Denver’s yards on the four-play touchdown drive.

"It feels great to be able to catch touchdowns. I haven't caught a touchdown since the Idaho Potato Bowl, and it was amazing," Sharp said.

"This is the longest I've had to sit out of football in forever, and it feels even better than usual."

The score was the first of his career for the second-year pro.

Former Utah State safety Marwin Evans had two solo tackles, a tackle for loss and two pass deflections, including a near interception late in the fourth quarter for Green Bay, while Fackrell added a solo tackle and a special teams tackle.

Mays was the third running back in the game for Green Bay and finished with five carries for 12 yards.

Notes: Former BYU wide receiver Colby Pearson, former Cougar quarterback Taysom Hill and cornerback Raysean Pringle (Southern Utah) did not have any statistics for Green Bay. … Former Utah running back Devontae Booker continues to be listed on the physically unable to perform list for Denver after injuring his wrist during summer organized team activities. According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Joseph said Booker will start the season on the 53-man roster and not the PUP list. If Booker started the season on the PUP list, he could not play the first six weeks of the season.