Wes Welker Will be X-Factor for Denver Broncos in 2013

By Mark Stringer
Stew Milne – USA Today Sports

The Denver Broncos have made a big slash in free agency so far as they continue to try to improve their chances to win a Super Bowl in 2013. The team has added several key players at positions that needed some help, and improved their roster from top to bottom.

Prized free agent WR Wes Welker is a Bronco now for two years and $12 million, which gives the team a very talented and experienced slot receiver that it was lacking. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are great quality outside receivers, but they lack that quickness and burst needed to play at a high level in the slot.

Peyton Manning will love this addition, and it should help the Broncos get in the end zone even more often than they did in 2012. Thomas and Decker demanded more and more attention as last season wore on, but there’s no way opposing defenses can pay enough attention to all three receivers on every snap, especially with arguably the greatest QB of all time throwing to them.

Welker probably won’t be able to post the same incredible numbers he did while with the New England Patriots, but he should still total close to 100 receptions per season. In New England, Tom Brady looked to Welker on just about every snap, and then used his tight ends as safety nets when he couldn’t get it to his favorite target.

In Denver, Manning has several great receivers and quality tight ends. I can see the Broncos throwing the ball even more often this year, which will allow all three top WRs to have an opportunity to reel in close to 90 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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