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Broncos bring on John Benton as assistant offensive line coach

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos agreed to terms with Colorado native John Benton to be their assistant offensive line coach on Sunday, coach Vance Joseph announced.

Benton has been offensive line coach in the NFL for 13 seasons, the team said. He was with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season and previously was with the Miami Dolphins (2014-15), Houston Texans (2006-13) and St. Louis Rams (2004-05).

“Benton’s offensive line in Jacksonville during the 2016 season was among the NFL’s most improved, allowing 17 fewer sacks (34) than a year earlier for the third-best improvement in the league. His unit allowed a sack on only 5.4 percent of pass attempts for the 10th-best mark in the NFL,” the team said in a statement.

“Benton began his coaching career at his alma mater, Colorado State University, as a graduate assistant (1987-90) before serving as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator (1990-94) at California University (Pa.). He returned to CSU as the offensive line coach from 1995-00 and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator of the Rams from 2000-03.”

Benton, a native of Durango, was a four-year starter as an offensive lineman at Colorado State from 1983-86. On Saturday, the Broncos named Jeff Davidson as offensive line coach.