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Former South Carolina OL Nick Gargiulo adjusts to NFL play with Denver Broncos

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

The newest member of the Denver Broncos has now completed a few practices and can play multiple positions on the offensive line, a skill that has helped him shine not only with the Gamecocks but also at Yale.

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

Although he only played one season in South Carolina, Gargiulo could already say how helpful the last year was in preparing him for this opportunity to play in the NFL.

“I was able to compete at a higher level week after week. Hopefully I was able to improve as a player throughout the year.”

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Although South Carolina's offensive line struggled with a variety of injuries, Gargiulo's versatility allowed the Gamecocks to get back into rhythm late in the season. His play earned him an invitation to the Hula Bowl and the 2024 NFL Combine and gave him the opportunity to showcase another trait that makes him valuable: his high football IQ.

“I think it's a necessary component. Understanding the concepts that we've implemented here so far – so far I'm doing my best to understand them 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 to the Broncos for his second year after signing as an undrafted free agent last season. As a rookie, he appeared in 10 games last year, contributing primarily on special teams and catching four passes for 22 yards.

On Thursday, Denver held its sixth OTA (Organized Team Actives) of the offseason. Four more will be held from June 3-6, followed by the mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.

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