The Broncos have played a slew of great wide receivers this season. From Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski to Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Vincent Jackson, the Broncos’ secondary has been thoroughly challenged.
This week is no different. The team faces Stevie Johnson who is averaging 62.3 yards per contest, and has 6 touchdowns on the season.
“He’s tough,” Champ Bailey said. “I watched the Jets game and Chargers game. Their corners had a hard time with him.”
Bailey will likely be matched up with Johnson on Saturday when the Broncos take on the Bills.
At 6’2″, 210 lbs., he’s another physical receiver that uses his size to his advantage. Against Darrelle Revis who is a great bump and run cover corner, Johnson was equally as physical. In two games against the Jets, Johnson had 3 catches for 84 yards, and 8 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD.
“One thing he’s good at is getting off the ball and kind of making people look stupid,” Bailey said.
The Jets are no slouches on defense. Like the Broncos, they have good pressure up front and they have a solid secondary. Nevertheles Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was still able to find Johnson for big gains.
Like the Broncos, the Bills have many receiving threats. Along with Johnson, David Nelson is averaging 42.4 yards per game and Fred Jackson is averaging 44.2 yards per game.
As of Thursday, the Broncos had all of their players participating in practice on at least a limited basis. That means that Brian Dawkins and Andre Goodman should be ready to rock in the secondary come Saturday.
The Bills are ranked 15th in passing and they are 10th in receiving touchdowns.