Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Monday, October 17, 2011
Youth movement on for Denver's WRs

By Bill Williamson

One of the reasons why the Denver Broncos shipped receiver Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis (Adam Schefter has the details of how the Broncos can get a fifth-round pick in 2012 out of the deal) is the rebuilding they want to do.

The Broncos want to give 2010 draft picks Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker a chance to grow at receiver as they begin the Tim Tebow era.

Thomas, a first-round pick, has been out all season with Achilles and finger issues. He might be able to play Sunday at Miami. Decker has been one of Denver’s better players this season. The former third-round pick has 22 catches and four touchdowns.

Watch for Denver to see how Decker and Thomas can develop with Tebow the rest of this season.

“We feel strong about our receiving corps moving forward,” Denver coach John Fox said Monday. He also called the current receiving crew a team strength.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. is interested to see these two receivers develop.

“I certainly like Decker and see him as a true No. 2 receiver,” Williamson said. “But he doesn’t have a lot of big-play ability. Thomas could be that guy … Like Tebow, Denver needs to know all they can about Thomas before this offseason. But if Thomas does work out, which is very questionable at this point, they still need one more guy. But I do have a hunch that they are very high on their young tight ends, namely Julius Thomas.”