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Former South Carolina OL Nick Gargiulo adjusting to NFL with Denver Broncos

UVA BIO PICby:Mike Uva05/30/24

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A month ago, former South Carolina offensive lineman Nick Gargiulo had to wait until the second to last pick of the NFL Draft before hearing his name called.

With a few practices now under his belt, the newest member of the Denver Broncos has the ability to play at multiple spots on the offensive line. A skill that helped him not only excel with the Gamecocks but at Yale as well.

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“I’m just trying to get better and improve on my technique,” said Gargiulo. “I feel comfortable (at center and guard). Anywhere that I can improve and get better on the o-line, that’s what I’m looking to do.”

Despite playing just one season at South Carolina, Gargiulo has already been able to tell how beneficial last year was to helping him prepare for this opportunity to play in the NFL.

“I was able to face a higher level of competition, week in and week out. Hopefully I was able to improve as a player over the course of the year.”

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Despite South Carolina’s offensive line dealing with a plethora of injuries, Gargiulo’s versatility allowed the Gamecocks to find some rhythm towards the end of the season. His play earned him an invite to take part at both the Hula Bowl and the 2024 NFL Combine allowing him an opportunity to showcase another trait that makes him valuable: his high level of football IQ.

“I think it’s a necessary component. Understanding concepts that we put in here so far — so far I’m doing my best to understand it to be able to play fast.”

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Gargiulo is one of two former South Carolina players currently on Denver’s roster. Tight end Nate Adkins returns for his second year with the Broncos after signing as an undrafted free agent last season. Appearing in ten games as a rookie last year, he mainly contributed on special teams while also catching four passes for 22 yards.

On Thursday, Denver held their six OTA (organized team actives) of the offseason. They’ll hold four more from June 3-6. Mandatory minicamp will follow from June 11-13

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