Andy Benoit - NFL Touchdown
Reports about a possible contract extension for Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady recently led to a wave of arguments that the four-year pro’s performance has declined as of late. Those arguments aren’t flawed, but their main points of evidence are.
In truth, Clady’s performance has declined. As a first-round rookie in 2008, he instantly proved to be football’s most athletic left tackle, if not football’s best left tackle. His 2009 season was equally impressive. In the spring of 2010, however, Clady tore his patellar tendon in a pickup basketball game. He didn’t miss any regular season action, but he clearly didn’t have the same explosiveness as before. Last season, Clady regained much of his original form, but he was also mistake prone.