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The Broncos have three of the top 15 wide receivers in the game today. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker are called the "Big Three" for a good reason.
Denver's quarterback Peyton Manning could post even better numbers than he did in 2012. In fact, if Manning threw for over 5,000 yards for the first time in his career, I wouldn't be surprised.
It's great to have that trio at the top of the depth chart, but the team needs to have quality players ready behind them. With the addition of fifth-round pick Tavarres King (Georgia) in the 2013 NFL draft, it has that. Players like Greg Orton, Gerell Robinson, and undrafted rookie Quincy McDuffie will also make the battle for backup wide receiver positions interesting.
On Sunday, I interviewed King on my ESPN radio show in Denver.
I asked him first about his rookie minicamp experience. "It's been awesome man. It's just been a lot of learning. Trying to learn the offense, what to do, and how to do it. Just trying to get the ins and outs of what it means to be a pro."
King also commented on his speed at the pro level. "Speed is speed. The biggest part of my game is my speed. If I can utilize that the way I did in college then hopefully I can do some successful things here in Denver."
When asked about his role, King said "My job this year is to learn behind those guys [Thomas, Welker, Decker] and then take it from there."
King could win the fourth string job, but he'll have to hold off veterans like Andre Caldwell to do so. Orton, Robinson and McDuffie should be in the mix too.
Orton showed well all three days of camp, and new offensive coordinator Adam Gase is excited to see more. “He was having a good camp last year and he got hurt, so I think that little bit of a setback kind of affected him as far as being able to make the roster. Bringing him back on the practice squad, we got to watch him every day against the defense, and he gets open a lot. This year will be a great opportunity for him to compete for one of those spots, and he’s very competitive on special teams, as well.”
I like Robinson's size/speed combination but would like to see better concentration from him in training camp.
McDuffie was a player I highlighted in yesterday's report. He's got the speed and elusiveness to contribute as a receiver or as a return man.
The Broncos may have a "Big Three" at the top of the depth chart, but the rest of the guys at the position can make plays. It will be interesting to see how this battle shapes up in training camp.