Denver Broncos Quarterback Talk Distracts From Major Receiver Issues

Reid BrooksAnalyst IMay 3, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Demaryius Thomas from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets holds up a Denver Broncos jersey after he was drafted by the Broncos number 22 overall during the the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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A funny thing happened when Josh McDaniels selected Tim Tebow with the 25th overall pick.

Denver Broncos fans became inexplicably star-struck and a wave of fair-weather Broncos fans flooded the blogosphere. Most of them were college football fans turned NFL expert overnight, and the numbers seem to indicate they were also mostly out of the state of Florida.

That wasn't the funny thing though. The funny thing was when Broncos fans forgot about the glaring holes in the offense, and incidentally, they forgot about the Denver Broncos actual first overall pick.

Demaryius Thomas was the number one selection for the Broncos and the first wide receiver taken in the NFL draft.

That seems to have been insignificant in comparison to Tim Tebow's college heroics.

Everyone has jumped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon because he is a young, high-character individual with a good story.

But as a friend of mine, who (full disclosure) is a San Diego Chargers fan pointed out, "everyone seems to think Tim Tebow is going to be great because he tries really, really hard."

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Trying really hard in Denver makes him nothing more than the fourth piece of the quarterback pie with substantial work to do before successfully transitioning into a NFL offense. It is better to have Tim Tebow and his fixable problems than a guy like JaMarcus Russell and his lack of drive, though.

I can say unequivocally that I tend to agree with his assessment, but I also recognize that it won't matter who is under center unless the Broncos have some weapons for the guy to utilize.

Wide receiver was an issue for Denver before Brandon Marshall was traded.

Think about this:

The Denver Broncos needed wide receiver help and then they traded away one of the best receivers in the NFL. Now what happens?

What happened was the Denver Broncos brought in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, and those guys are supposed to be the solution. Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokely, and Eddie Royal aren't going to cut the mustard as a top 20 NFL receiving corps.

However, Thomas and Decker have yet to actually do anything in a Broncos uniform even though rookie camps have already begun. Both are sidelined and watching with injuries.

Those are some scary thoughts.

The NFL is becoming increasingly friendly to rookie receivers, and Josh McDaniels is hoping that trend can hold up in Denver. However the entire success of the offense is resting in the hands (literally) of a pair of injured rookies.

If those two guys can't play superb NFL football, you could throw Peyton Manning or Drew Brees behind center and the Broncos would still be at best an 8-8 team.

And Denver Broncos's fans are getting disturbingly familiar with what 8-8 records feel like.

So in the midst of Tebow watch 2010, Broncos' fans might want to take a few minutes out to think about what the team's areas of need really were before the draft; because Kyle Orton put up better numbers in Denver last year than Jay Cutler put up in Chicago.

But if these rookie receivers aren't what they are billed to be, Broncos' fans better get used to what they saw last preseason without Brandon Marshall, or what they saw in the season finale against Kansas City.

Adding Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow will not fix those offensive problems.

It remains to be seen whether or not the additions of Thomas and Decker will.