Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning Could Have Three 1,000 Yard Receivers in 2013

By Ryan Heckman


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Denver Broncos fans, brace yourselves for one of the most exciting seasons you have seen in your lifetime. Peyton Manning now has three excellent options in the passing game and could wind up tossing over 1,000 yards to each of them. Sounds crazy, right? Not so fast.

Last year, Wes Welker, DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker all went over the 1,000 yard mark in the regular season. Of course Welker was with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but now with another NFL legend in Manning he won’t miss a beat.

Manning has by far the best receiving core in all of the NFL, and is arguably the league’s top quarterback still. With Thomas’ size, Welker’s agility and Decker’s versatility Manning could be in for one of his best seasons yet.

For those who believe that Welker may be the missing piece from last year’s Broncos team, you are absolutely right. He does all of the little things as a wide receiver to get himself open and finish a play unlike anyone else in the entire NFL.

Welker can take a four or five yard slant, make a guy miss and stretch for an additional few yards. Or, he may take the same pass to the outside and sprint it down the sideline for a huge gain. He is truly a one-of-a-kind wide receiver these days and Manning is going to thoroughly enjoy having him on his side.

Having the ability to choose between two big wideouts on the outside will only benefit Manning even more. Decker and Thomas are both 6’3” with big frames. Of course, Thomas has the beef and leaping ability but Decker is not to be overlooked. At times last year, Decker appeared to have the best hands and dire situations.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to watch this Broncos offense in 2013. With these three wideouts having the ability to each finish over 1,000 yards, that could mean Manning is bound for his best statistical season of his tenured career.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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