Posted Wed Sep 2nd by Ian Henson
If I were to ask you if there was a receiver on the Denver Broncos roster that is in the top five for reception yards in the 2009 NFL Preseason, would you be able to guess who? Yes, of course you would; you read the title of this post silly. This is a Here’s the Deal Denver about our rookie receiver Kenny McKinley!
So here’s the deal, every since way before this whole Brandon Marshall thing happened, I predicted that two rookies would step it up and take over in Denver. Those two were McKinley and UDFA Nate Swift. Now Swift remains a bubble player going into the final 53 man roster, but McKinley is the truth. (Oh and Swift will at least end up on the practice squad, if he isn’t signed by someone else.)
So here’s the deal, Denver fans have every right to question head coach Josh McDaniels‘ decisions leading up to the regular season… There are is two one things that you can’t argue, the man knows wide receivers and the man knows quarterbacks ::runs to hide::. From Wes Welker to Randy Moss, from Jabar Gaffney to Chad Jackson before him, the man does to wide receivers what Mike Shanahan used to do to running backs. And McKinley is McDaniels new masterpiece, so low and behold.
Our man is poised to take over that number two spot by mid-season at least, no I’m not willing to call him the rookie of the year, but I wouldn’t have a problem saying that the kid will easily pull 600+ yards and five to six touchdowns. This is all regardless of whether Marshall is in play as a Broncos wide receiver or not. McKinley figures to be a major problem for potential defensive game plans and if he steps up then the Patriots West will be able to use Royal in the Welker role where he will truely flourish. However, whether it’s Royal or Marshall in that ‘X,’ spot McKinley looks to be the greatest option eventually this season at ‘Y,’. Let’s just hope that he’s getting his reps in with Rod Smith as you read.
No, this doesn’t mean that Denver is putting Brandon Stokley, Gaffney or Jackson to the side, but let’s face it… If anything is evident this is a new regime and they value youth just as much as experience and the healthier the canon fodder, the better. Don’t believe me? Watch how well the, ‘Youth,’ does tonight against the Arizona Cardinals.
What’s up Nation? Do you agree with me or not? I have felt like McKinley was Marshall’s replacement since we drafted him. There’s been little to combat my thoughts every since.