Denver Broncos: Why Andre Caldwell Will Win the Starting Slot WR Job

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Denver Broncos: Why Andre Caldwell Will Win the Starting Slot WR Job
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The importance of wide receivers in Denver this season is no secret, Peyton Manning.

Manning and the Broncos have two options at slot receiver, Brandon Stokley and Andre Caldwell.

I believe Caldwell will win the slot job based on his consistency, versatility and his fit with the rest of the receiving group. 

Bronco fans love to talk about their quarterbacks, even when Tim Tebow was in town, but often lost in the shuffle is the importance of the wide receiver.

As Bronco fans saw in the first preseason game, you can have the best quarterback in the league but if your receivers can’t hold on to the football it really doesn’t matter.

Dropped or tipped passes can lead to interceptions, incompletions and stalled drives.

Arguably the most important wide receiver for moving the chains is the slot receiver.

Who is a slot receiver? Wes Welker.

Welker has notched over 100 receptions in four of his seven NFL seasons. He is one of Tom Brady’s favorite and most consistent targets, a perfect personification of a slot.

The Denver Broncos have a bit of a competition at slot receiver between Stokley and Caldwell.

Stokley is a former target of Manning’s in Indianapolis and former Bronco.

Caldwell is a former Cincinnati Bengal.

While Stokley may be a more familiar face, Caldwell may have an inside track to the starting job. Here’s why.

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