In Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker suffered his second concussion in three weeks. The Broncos host the division rival San Diego Chargers Thursday night, and the chances of Welker getting cleared before the game are unlikely. That means the Broncos will need someone to step up with him out. Denver does have someone that should do a fine job filling in for Welker, and his name is Andre Caldwell.
Welker’s 10 touchdowns this season will be tough to match, but Caldwell should do just fine this Thursday. Caldwell’s first catch of the season was one of Peyton Manning‘s seven touchdowns in Week 1 vs. the Baltimore Ravens. The pass was a 28-yard TD, Caldwell’s second longest reception of the season. Although Caldwell only has five receptions on the season, he is fourth on the depth chart behind three very talented receivers in Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker which makes it hard to find playing time. Throw some balls his way, and he can make a play for you.
It’s hard to judge Caldwell based off his stats considering he doesn’t have much to look at, but that’s because he really hasn’t had a chance. Thursday night is a big divisional game, and Caldwell will finally have a chance to impress some people on a national stage.
Welker is more of a slot receiver so he doesn’t necessarily go down the field too much, but Caldwell reminds me a lot of Thomas in that he can make a big play down the field. Whether that’s catching the ball and taking it down the field or just catching the ball down the field, Caldwell is a play-maker that not many people know of yet. Thursday night, maybe more will.