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Old 09-12-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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JACKSONVILLE Is it possible that just one game can tell the story of the Broncos' wide receiver corps?

The Broncos' 24-17 loss to the Jaguars Sunday revealed a group that can light up a stat sheet, as it did Sunday against the Jaguars, yet one that - so far - lacks the one clutch, go-to player.

In the Broncos' first game without two-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, eight players caught passes from quarterback Kyle Orton. The team's three starting wide receivers combined for 249 receiving yards, led by Brandon Lloyd, who had five catches for 117 yards.

But in the game's final quarter, none of them not Lloyd, not Jabar Gaffney and not Eddie Royal could make the game-changing catch. Lloyd caught a would-be touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but one foot was just out of bounds. And on the next, last-ditch, desperation series, Orton overthrew Gaffney on the sideline and missed Royal on a pass over the middle that was intercepted.

"Kyle did a great job of spreading the ball around, we've just got to finish," Gaffney said. "We had a couple of good drives that ended up with no points, so we've got to fix that and fix that fast."

There was no question that the Broncos lost an uber-talented player in Marshall, who led the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2009, but was shipped to Miami in the offseason.

Yet there is significant optimism that the current crop of receivers will thrive in his absence, with more targets to go around on game days and much less drama during the week.

"I think it's a real selfless group, a real tight-knit group, and you don't find that a lot in the NFL, with guys that would be happy for Brandon Lloyd when he goes over 100, or for Eddie Royal when he has six catches in the first half," Orton said.

Gaffney is the group's de facto leader and usually lines up at either of the outside receiver positions. He caught only three of the eight passes Orton threw to him Sunday, though that total included an 8-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone at the end of the first half.

Royal is now almost exclusively a slot receiver, and proved he is growing into his new role with eight catches for 98 yards, his highest yardage total since Nov. 6, 2008. He is adjusting, too, to the physical strains of playing in the slot with more coverage by hard-hitting linebackers and safeties. Royal played in the fourth quarter with his right thigh heavily wrapped.

"It's football," Royal said. "It's a little bit rough."

Lloyd is the wild card, and was Orton's favorite deep threat Sunday. He caught a 41-yard pass on the Broncos' scoring drive at the end of the second quarter and made a 27-yard completion on the first play back from a lightning delay in the fourth quarter.

"It's a versatile group," Orton said.

The complexion of the receiving corps will change again when rookie first-round draft pick Demaryius Thomas makes his debut, perhaps next week against Seattle. Thomas missed all of the team's preseason games after re-injuring his surgically repaired left foot. Thomas practiced last week, but was among the eight inactive players. He is scheduled to visit his foot specialist this week.

"We're forming our identity, and we'll continue to do that each and every week that comes," Gaffney said. "We want to be the best group in the league. We're going to keep working to achieve that."



Read more: Broncos' receivers fine without Marshall - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_...#ixzz0zNUvbIDM




Makes me wonder where Bay Bay will fit in (once his foot is ready)
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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We've got a lot to look forward to with these receivers. Orton looks so comfortable out there, and is going to have a nice stable of weapons to throw to all season.

The O-line has to come together, though. That's the beginning and the end of the conversation.
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We've got a lot to look forward to with these receivers. Orton looks so comfortable out there, and is going to have a nice stable of weapons to throw to all season.

The O-line has to come together, though. That's the beginning and the end of the conversation.
Walton got schooled today. Need Harris back ASAP and Kuper's ankle could be an issue all season.
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My biggest problem with Orton is that when pressured, he freezes and for the most part just goes down.
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The doomsdayers crack me up. I thought it was pretty obvious this team has made made some big strides over last season and that we have a lot to look forward. the most noticeable problem today was this team needs time to gel then watch out....
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JACKSONVILLE Is it possible that just one game can tell the story of the Broncos' wide receiver corps?

The Broncos' 24-17 loss to the Jaguars Sunday revealed a group that can light up a stat sheet, as it did Sunday against the Jaguars, yet one that - so far - lacks the one clutch, go-to player.

In the Broncos' first game without two-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, eight players caught passes from quarterback Kyle Orton. The team's three starting wide receivers combined for 249 receiving yards, led by Brandon Lloyd, who had five catches for 117 yards.

But in the game's final quarter, none of them not Lloyd, not Jabar Gaffney and not Eddie Royal could make the game-changing catch. Lloyd caught a would-be touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but one foot was just out of bounds. And on the next, last-ditch, desperation series, Orton overthrew Gaffney on the sideline and missed Royal on a pass over the middle that was intercepted.

"Kyle did a great job of spreading the ball around, we've just got to finish," Gaffney said. "We had a couple of good drives that ended up with no points, so we've got to fix that and fix that fast."

There was no question that the Broncos lost an uber-talented player in Marshall, who led the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2009, but was shipped to Miami in the offseason.

Yet there is significant optimism that the current crop of receivers will thrive in his absence, with more targets to go around on game days and much less drama during the week.

"I think it's a real selfless group, a real tight-knit group, and you don't find that a lot in the NFL, with guys that would be happy for Brandon Lloyd when he goes over 100, or for Eddie Royal when he has six catches in the first half," Orton said.

Gaffney is the group's de facto leader and usually lines up at either of the outside receiver positions. He caught only three of the eight passes Orton threw to him Sunday, though that total included an 8-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone at the end of the first half.

Royal is now almost exclusively a slot receiver, and proved he is growing into his new role with eight catches for 98 yards, his highest yardage total since Nov. 6, 2008. He is adjusting, too, to the physical strains of playing in the slot with more coverage by hard-hitting linebackers and safeties. Royal played in the fourth quarter with his right thigh heavily wrapped.

"It's football," Royal said. "It's a little bit rough."

Lloyd is the wild card, and was Orton's favorite deep threat Sunday. He caught a 41-yard pass on the Broncos' scoring drive at the end of the second quarter and made a 27-yard completion on the first play back from a lightning delay in the fourth quarter.

"It's a versatile group," Orton said.

The complexion of the receiving corps will change again when rookie first-round draft pick Demaryius Thomas makes his debut, perhaps next week against Seattle. Thomas missed all of the team's preseason games after re-injuring his surgically repaired left foot. Thomas practiced last week, but was among the eight inactive players. He is scheduled to visit his foot specialist this week.

"We're forming our identity, and we'll continue to do that each and every week that comes," Gaffney said. "We want to be the best group in the league. We're going to keep working to achieve that."



Read more: Broncos' receivers fine without Marshall - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_...#ixzz0zNUvbIDM




Makes me wonder where Bay Bay will fit in (once his foot is ready)
DT will be that clutch go-to guy this article says we lack, imo. But not until he stays healthy and learns the offense. Until then, he can still help us in the red-zone. He creates mismatches that are hard to adjust to.
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Where was Decker today?
I was listening online to the game and does anyone know how many snaps he got in for?

This WR corp played good today but w/ the size that Decker and D Thomas have, I can't wait to see them get consistent playing time.

They could provide the gamebreaking ability (Lloyd does as well).
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Decker was only in on special teams
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