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Arizona up 8
Right tackle Kelvin Beachum missed several games with a rib injury, and his backup Justin Murray has also been hindered by his back. Last week, right guard Josh Jones slid to right tackle and had an outstanding game against the LA Rams. Beachum and Murray have returned to practice this week in a limited fashion and having even one of those available would allow Jones to slide back to guard, where he is quietly having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Max Garcia, who got the spot start last week, would return to the bench. Arizona has been red-hot in the first quarter of the season, and their offensive line joins the top-five of the latest rankings. They have a choice home matchup this weekend against a somewhat depleted divisional rival in San Francisco.
Seattle up 10
After missing two games with an ankle injury, right tackle Brandon Shell returned to practice as a full participant this week. More specifically, the Seahawks did not practice for the first three days of this week, but had they done so, Shell would have been available. Shell is a key component of the Seahawks' offense, and while Cedric Ogbuehi did a decent job in replacement last week against San Francisco, the team will need all hands on deck for a difficult divisional Thursday Night Football home game against the LA Rams. With left tackle Duane Brown and right guard Gabe Jackson finding their form of late (and many other teams above them succumbing to injury), the Seattle offensive line grades seventh in the current rankings.
Denver up 13
This is another optimistic projection. The Broncos were without their starting guards in Dalton Risner (ankle) and Graham Glasgow (knee) last week against Baltimore. Both players have rejoined practice in a limited fashion prior to the road game at Pittsburgh. The Steelers' defensive front remains dangerous, despite the rest of their team's struggles. Still, Quinn Meinerz at left guard and Netane Muti at right guard were vulnerable last week, and the entire offense could get a boost with the return of their starting guards. Risner, who had never missed a game in his career prior to last week, seems to be a surer bet than Glasgow, who has been starting but not finishing games in the first quarter of the season. Assuming both players start against Pittsburgh, the Broncos' offensive line would be about average, 16th in the latest grades.
NY Giants up 2
With a win over New Orleans in Week Four, left guard Matt Skura appears to have stopped the bleeding in New York. With Ben Bredeson out with an injured hand, the Giants' coaching staff made Skura their fourth starting left guard in as many games. The longtime Baltimore center has less than ideal measurables, but his understanding of the position has given him this chance to be a starter again. In other news, left tackle Andrew Thomas played 100% of snaps last week but missed practice with a foot injury. He is still included in the ranks for this week's divisional matchup at Dallas. The Giants' line is still below average, 28th in the rankings, but their lineup is settling and they are trending in the right direction.
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