The Denver Broncos have added All-Pro receiver Wes Welker to an already top-notch receiving corps with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Brandon Stokley. Most NFL teams would be happy to call Stokley their third or fourth receiver to play in the slot; he is a sure-handed receiver who runs precise routes and can be depended on to make those catches that move the chains to prolong possessions.
Stokley has played 14 seasons and for five of those, he was catching passes from one his best friends, Peyton Manning. These two guys have great relationship and a connection on the field. Stokley had his best season with Manning as a member of the Indianapolis Colts in 2004 when he caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season with the Broncos, Stokley caught 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns.
The Broncos, however, have added perhaps one of the best slot receivers to have ever played the game in Welker, who will be in the slot nearly ever snap. Stokley could still be used in four receiver sets, but the Broncos may elect to use a younger and more athletic player in those situations.
Manning has said that he would love to have both Welker and Stokley as the latter has been one of his best teammates for a long time, but will the Broncos be able to keep Stokley and meet their long-term goals as well?
I doubt the Broncos hold on to Stokley and if they do, he will only be on the field in very few situations.