Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/13
This is about the Broncos' receivers. No not those receivers. Not Demaryius Thomas Eric Decker and Wes Welker. As Peyton Manning works to develop chemistry with newcomer Welker and to become even more in sync with holdovers Thomas and Decker the additional wideout plot line during training camp and the preseason schedule is the fight to make the Denver roster as backups. Trindon Holliday who had two touchdown returns in the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens is a wide receiver more in positional roster designation than in actual job responsibility. Beyond that Andre Caldwell and Greg Orton plus 2013 fifth-round draft choice Tavarres King are the major contenders for what likely will be the two additional wide receiver spots. "Sometimes it's not your fourth-best receiver that gets the uniform" Broncos coach John Fox said. "Usually it's the fourth-best receiver that might get a seat in that room of 53 but it's how they perform and what their role is on special teams. As well as a guy who's not going to get that many reps but you feel comfortable throwing them into one of those roles in case somebody gets nicked. It's a battle. It's a battle every year." Among the other issues coming into play for the backup receiver slots are enthusiasm and efficiency in nonreturn roles on special teams. The eight-man practice squad also is an alternative in most cases but only after a player clears waivers. For all of the utility aspects likely involved in those roster spots this also comes down to consideration of the Broncos' — and the NFL's — "next man up" mantra meaning what they'd do if say Thomas or Decker came down with the flu on a Sunday morning and couldn't play. Plus that 53-man roster gets pared by seven inactives on game day. Last season Denver wide receivers not named Thomas Decker or Brandon Stokley had 13 catches. The departed Matthew Willis had 10 of them.
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