The Denver Broncos were already beginning to start the season off rocky after losing Danny Trevathan to a fractured kneecap and Matt Prater to an alcohol-related suspension. But it appears the team has already taken one more hit.
The well-known slot receiver Wes Welker was suspended by the league this evening for four game after discovering he was using amphetamines that were cut with a drug as we all know by Molly. It is really such a shame that Welker was using the stuff in the first place. However, the loss of Welker may not be the end of the world, Broncos fans. The Broncos are pretty deep at the wide out position and it gives the Broncos some interesting ideas on how to line up the offense.
While Andre Caldwell was the main wide out in Welker’s absence last season, I truly believe rookie wide out Cody Latimer will benefit greatly from his suspension. He showed some flashes of his skills during the summer and the preseason. He could become a deep threat as shown in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, and can become a red-zone target with his size and strength.
Welker’s suspension is also a great chance for Latimer to show the Broncos what he can provide for the future. Having a quarter of the season to play in a real game could give him confidence and give the Broncos an additional look to see if they can get him more involved in the offense during the remainder of the season. But for now, the Broncos are looking for anyone that can step up and I believe Latimer is the man to do the job.
Welker’s suspension won’t end up being a critical blow to the Broncos, as they have showed last year that they could survive without him, but losing a key player to a Super Bowl run is never easy. Latimer should ease their minds as the Broncos prepare for the toughest part of their schedule starting on Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts.