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Denver has one of the most talent-rich wide receiving corps in the league. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Broncos have arguable the most dangerous passing game as well.
There seems to be five wide receivers who are locks to make the final roster.
Demaryius Thomas is a superstar, and he’s the favorite target for Manning. Emmanuel Sanders was added in free agency to replace Eric Decker, and offensive coordinator Adam Gase is being very creative with the way he’s using Sanders. Wes Welker is still one of the best slot receivers in the game.
Behind the “Big Three” at receiver, there is savvy veteran Andre “Bubba” Caldwell. He’s arguably the fastest player on the team, and he can fill in at multiple positions if need be. Last year he filled in for an injured Welker, while this year at the start of camp he played the “Z” for Denver while Thomas attended the funeral of his grandmother.
Then there’s 2014 second-round pick Cody Latimer. The Broncos rookie has a fantastic size-speed combination. He’s been looking fantastic in training camp, and his future looks incredibly bright at the pro level.
That leaves potentially one spot open on the depth chart.
Jordan Norwood is currently in that position. The former Penn State star came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He’s bounced around the league a bit, but did get some playing time with the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012. Norwood has no practice squad eligibility left, so he has to make the final roster if he wants to stay in Denver.
The Broncos have a couple of undrafted rookie wide receivers trying to make the roster as well.
Isaiah Burse quickly became a player the media was abuzz about during rookie minicamp earlier this year. He caught 100 passes last year at Fresno State, and Burse has the quickness to make plays as a return man. In practice at training camp, Burse has been struggling as both a receiver and returner.
Bennie Fowler is big and fast. Measuring in at 6’1”, 217 pounds, there's some flashes of Anquan Boldin to his game. However, Fowler has been dropping too many passes during training camp.
Neither Fowler or Burse looks like they’re going to make the 53-man roster. Perhaps one or both could be placed on the practice squad as a developmental prospect.
Norwood has looked good as a receiver, and he caught a 34-yard touchdown from Brock Osweiler in the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. He can also work as a capable return man, so he might be the player the Broncos keep around as a sixth wide receiver in 2014.