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Starters: Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker
Backups: Cody Latimer, Andre “Bubba” Caldwell, Isaiah Burse
The Broncos have arguably the best starting trio of wide receivers in the entire league. Opposing defenses are going to find it difficult to slow down Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker.
Thomas has become the favorite target for Peyton Manning. He’s big, fast and physical at the point of the catch. Thomas can run short routes and turn them quickly into long gains. He can also run deep routes and smoothly look in passes over his shoulder.
Oh yeah, he’s a fantastic red-zone threat too.
Sanders is the new guy in town. The Broncos added him in free agency earlier this year, and his speed gives the offense a different look it didn’t have last year. Sanders is going to be used in multiple ways by offensive coordinator Adam Gase. He described Denver as “wide receiver heaven” after being added to the roster, and Sanders should have a career year in 2014.
Welker battled concussion issues last year, but he was still able to post a career-high 10 touchdowns in 2014. He’ll once again serve as the team’s biggest threat from the slot. His jerk routes are still as crisp as ever, and Welker could help pick up some of the slack in the red zone after the team lost Eric Decker in free agency.
Cody Latimer should have been a first-round pick. Instead, the Broncos traded up in the second round to secure his services earlier this year.
Latimer has a fine size/speed combination, and he rarely drops a pass. He can get downfield in a hurry also is a standout player in the red zone because of his wingspan and leaping ability. He could begin his pro career as a “red-zone specialist” for the Broncos.
Andre “Bubba” Caldwell did a fine job last year when injuries hit the depth chart. The Broncos kept him around in free agency, and he gives the team quality veteran depth at the position.
Isaiah Burse could make the final roster. He caught 100 passes last year at Fresno State, but he fell undrafted in 2014. He is a fantastic return man with the speed and quickness to score any time he touches the ball. He gives the Broncos an interesting developmental slot receiver.