Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles: “It’s unacceptable for the way that I played (last year).”

From the time he was drafted 20th overall in 2017, Garett Bolles has undergone a steep learning curve in the NFL.

In addition to inconsistent blocking, Bolles became known more for his multitude of holding calls than his play. He’s been booed on multiple occasions by Broncos fans. And he had his fifth-year option declined this offseason, a sign the Broncos don’t trust Bolles as their left tackle of the future.

The 28-year-old has heard all such criticisms loud and clear, and he’s ready to prove he can be counted on to protect quarterback Drew Lock’s blindside.

“It’s unacceptable for the way that I played and I take full responsibility for that,” Bolles said Thursday. “I put in that time (in the offseason) because I knew coming into this year, I had to do whatever I could to be the man so this organization can trust me and the fans can trust me.”

Bolles put on about 20 pounds this offseason and is now around 310 pounds. He said he’s focused on honing his mental game as he’s never been shy of showing his emotions.

“When something happens, I have to let it go and move on to the next play,” he said.

Another year of tutelage under offensive coach Mike Munchak has also given Bolles, who has started 16 games in each of his first three seasons, confidence he will develop more consistency.

“This is the first time in my career I’ve had the same o-line coach two years in a row,” Bolles said. “Our relationship has continued to get better, and I trust him, I believe in him, and I know he believes in me.”

As for playing in what is now a contract year — Bolles will make $3.5 million in 2020 and be a free agent next March — the lineman said that “was out of my control.”

“I can’t dictate what Mr. (John) Elway or those guys up front do,” Bolles said. “What I can dictate is how I play on the football field… My agent will take care of that when the time comes. If I play good football and be the best I can be, I know I can be in this league for a long time.”

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