Posted Sun Sep 2nd by Tim Lynch
I was surprised the Denver Broncos only kept five wide receivers on the active roster, but they kept four tight ends, so they must feel really good about the guys they kept or they plan to use a lot of two tight end sets. Either way, I found none of the five wide receivers a surprise to make the roster.
Eric Decker didn’t mess around this offseason. The second Peyton Manning was signed; he attached himself to Manning’s hip. It should turn out to be the best move of his young career and the chemistry they have already developed will pay dividends – especially in the red zone.
As Broncos fans, we should be excited to watch this combo develop in to one of the deadliest hookups in the AFC. (Profile)
The trouble Demaryius Thomas might have this season is solidifying his route running. He did have a breakout year last season, but much of those yards came on busted plays as Tim Tebow tried to “make something happen” when he couldn’t make a decision with the ball within 5-7 seconds after the snap.
With Manning, it’s an entirely different mindset. If Thomas isn’t where he needs to be when Manning thinks he should be there – the ball ain’t coming. Ever. I have a feeling Thomas might regress a bit early in the season, but he is talented enough to get it worked out before the end of the year. (Profile)
Andre “Bubba” Caldwell
Over the past few years, the Broncos have not had a solid third wide receiver. They may have found that guy with Andre Caldwell and his threat on special teams adds another bonus to having him on the roster. If the Broncos spread teams out, it could create some good mismatches. I liked this signing the minute it happened as Caldwell has had three solid seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals as a third receiver. (Profile)
This guy just always seems to get open at critical moments in the game. You don’t see Matthew Willis for weeks, then BAM, he makes a huge catch that puts the Broncos in excellent position to win the game. I expect that to happen a few more times this year, as he is certainly solid depth on the roster to give the starters some time to breathe throughout a game. (Profile)
You kind of knew this would happen, with Brandon Stokley and Peyton Manning already having that chemistry from years ago – not that I would have replaced him with any of the wide receivers that were cut. I expect Stokley’s biggest impact to come from third down as one of the many check down options for Peyton. (Profile)
BT Projected Starters: Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas
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