Chemistry is one of the most important traits on a football team.
For the offensive line, that might be more true than at any other position.
“We’re talking about five guys working collectively as one on the field,” tackle Orlando Franklin said.
So when the team added guard Louis Vasquez in free agency, Franklin did what he could to speed up that process — he invited the new Bronco to his home.
“Louis was staying at my house for like two-and-a-half weeks when he first got here. Me and him, we got to spend a lot of time together,” Franklin said. “You’ve definitely got to welcome him with open arms.”
Vasquez hadn’t closed on his new home in Denver quite yet, but wanted to join his teammates as quickly as possible. So Franklin opened his home to the newcomer.
But Franklin joked that Vasquez wasn’t exactly the best houseguest at first.
“He came in one night, the first night he got there, he ate my meals,” Franklin laughed. “He woke up, ate my meals. I had to talk to him about that. Just a bad houseguest, I think. No, I’m playing. He was actually a good roommate. But he did eat my meals, and I wasn’t happy about that.”
The third-year lineman said he didn’t hesitate when his new teammate needed a place to stay, even if it cost him a meal or two.
“He just reached out to me and I said, ‘Yes, of course,’” Franklin said. “Especially if this is a guy that I’m getting ready to play beside, potentially. Need to have some kind of chemistry there.”