Broncos Late-Round Rookies That Could Challenge for Roster Spots

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UDFA WR Jordan Taylor (6’5 210), Rice

2014 stats: 54 receptions, 842 yards, 7 TDs

Games evaluated: @ Texas A&M (2013), Hawaii

Strengths: Flashes great hands and phenomenal ball skills. Works back to the quarterback when the play breaks down. Gives good effort in the run game as a blocker. Not very quick, but shows some great long speed. Good hip flexibility to give him the ability to drop on his breaks.

Weaknesses: Not a quick-twitch athlete. Very lean and lacks desired strength. Rarely used his hands for press and will need to get stronger and more physical in this area. Struggled in 2014 with drops on what should’ve been easy catches.

Roster outlook: Taylor is a deep play threat on the outside. Because of his lack of quickness and lean build he probably won’t be playing slot any time soon. The problem for Taylor lies with the other receivers on the roster. Demaryius Thomas, Cody Latimer, and Emmanuel Sanders are locks for the team. If the Broncos stick with five receivers like they did last year, which is probable given Gary Kubiak’s offensive philosophy, that means there are two spots left. As Elway has expressed, the Broncos would like the other spot to go to a returner, which conceivably could be handled by Sanders as he did for part of last year. However, I think it will go to a guy like Jordan Norwood. That means there’s one spot left for Taylor, who would have to beat out a veteran like Andre Caldwell who did not perform well last year.

Here’s one more Jordan Taylor Vine for the road that John Elway would appreciate.

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