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Broncos to start Paul Cornick at right tackle against 49ers

The Denver Broncos are making a change in their starting lineup for Sunday Night Football. We take a look at what the offensive line shuffling means.

Jeff Gross

The Denver Broncos are making a change to their lineup for Sunday Night Football, and maybe, just maybe, the San Francisco 49ers can exploit it. According to Mike Klis, Paul Cornick will get the start at right tackle, replacing Chris Clark.

The Broncos offensive line has graded out poorly at Pro Football Focus, with four of the five linemen posting negative grades through the first five games. However, it has not really been a huge issue because Peyton Manning is very good at avoiding sacks. He has one of the fastest times for getting off his passing attempts, and his pre-snap adjustments put him into position to avoid sacks.

Nonetheless, seeing a new body in at right tackle will be something to watch for the 49ers pass rush. It has not exactly been stellar, but the group has improved lately. If the 49ers are going to have a shot at the upset, it would help to get some pressure on Peyton Manning. The secondary will have plenty of work on their hands, so anything that makes things a little more uncomfortable for Manning would be a good thing.