Denver Broncos: Which Wide Receivers Will and Won't Be Catching Passes In 2011?

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Denver Broncos: Which Wide Receivers Will and Won't Be Catching Passes In 2011?
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Having already looked at who may be the QBs and the RBs next year, let's look at who will be lining up to catch the rock, shall we?

As poorly as the Broncos running game was last season, the passing game was the only bright spot on a terrible football team.

Being dead last in rushing, the Broncos actually were 13th in the NFL in total yardage and 19th in scoring with 21.2 points per game, actually beating out two playoff teams in the scoring category (Bears and Seahawks).

And the only reason Denver wasn't even further down that list was due to their prolific passing game. They finished seventh in the league with 4,038 yards and a 252.8 yards per game average—not bad numbers and the main reason they could score, as 25 of their 40 TDs came through the air.

Orton was on his way to over 4,000 yards passing until he was hurt and didn't play in the last three meaningless games. But he still finished with 3,653 yards, 20 TDs and nine INTs for a final QB rating of 87.5. This ranked him 15th out of the top 32—not bad but not great.

Tebow had 654 yards, five TDs and three INTs for a QB rating of 82.1—not bad but not great. And in his short stint, he beat out fellow rookie Sam Bradford, who finished with a 76.5 rating.

But what this article is really about are the guys who made the catches and made both of the Bronco QBs look as good as they did.

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