Too Much of a Good Thing?
Is it really possible to have too much of a good thing? For the Denver Broncos, the answer seems to be no.
Last season, the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker emerged as two of the top receivers in the league under the guidance of Peyton Manning. Now, Denver has added another top receiver in Wes Welker, giving them arguably the best wide receiver trio in history.
In the past, there have been three 1,000-yard receivers on the same team, but there’s still usually a significant drop-off between the second and third receivers. For example, the 2008 Cardinals had three 1,000-yard receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston. And Manning led a trio in 2004 of Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley that accomplished the same feat. Of course, Welker is far better than Breaston and Stokley, so the results should be even greater. And if you think Decker is the weak link, consider that his 13 touchdowns were second in the NFL last year. He even caught eight TDs in 2011 playing with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, so he’s not just a product of Manning’s excellence.
Not only are all three great players on their own, they will also complement each other well in Denver. Thomas can catch the deep balls, Decker will be a top target in the red zone, and Welker will excel in the slot, finding holes in the defense and giving Manning a huge safety valve. Plus, all three have great quickness and can do damage after the catch.
Add in the fact that the Broncos improved their already strong defense by signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and it looks like Denver should be heading to the Super Bowl next year. Their competition has taken hits, with the Patriots obviously losing Welker, and the Ravens shedding talent left and right. Yet the Broncos have clearly upgraded their roster and have an even better chance to win while they still can with Manning.