There aren’t many areas on the Broncos roster that don’t need a complete revamping, but one area of comfort for the team is at wide receiver.
Brandon Lloyd had a break out year last season, leading the league in receiving. Jabar Gaffney is a great veteran with a sure set of hands, Eddie Royal is a speedy slot receiver, and Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are enormous targets that can do great things in this league if they stay healthy enough to develop their skills.
One player that I’m particularly excited to see progress is Eric Decker. In his rookie year, the 6-3, 220 lb. receiver out of Minnesota didn’t do anything spectacular on paper, but the catches that he did make got everyone out of their seats. He finished the year with 6 catches for 106 yards, and 1 touchdown in 14 games. Four of those six catches were good for first downs, something the Broncos had trouble with all season.
Decker also played a big role on special teams. He had 22 kick returns for 556 yards (25.3 yard average) with a long of 51 yards. That took some pressure off of Eddie Royal on special teams.
Coming out of college, Decker was seen as a player that was already very polished. He was also regarded as a good run blocking receiver. For his size, he’s fast and runs crisp routes as well.
Decker has spent the off season working with Arizona Cardinal receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Kyle Orton in his home state of Minnesota.
This is a player that can give other teams headaches because of his size and the mid-field threat he brings to compliment Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney.
While we’re not sure who the Broncos starting quarterback will be, we can be assured that the receiving corps will be ready to go, and Decker will be looking to improve upon last year.