When the Denver Broncos take the field in Miami on Sunday, they will play with five active receivers who each have no more than four years of NFL experience.
The Broncos traded their most senior receiver, Brandon Lloyd, Monday, but Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway spoke about his excitement for the young group of receivers to take the main stage on DenverBroncos.com’s live audio show ‘Elway Live‘ Tuesday.
“We felt it was an opportunity for us to get another draft pick and build, and also with the young guys we have at wide receiver, that they’ll be able to pick up the slack and continue to grow,” Elway said.
With receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal, as well as tight end Julius Thomas, returning to practice in the last week, the Broncos are poised to have a relatively clean injury report heading into Sunday’s game.
Elway believes the bye last week came at a great time as it allowed players time to heal and prepare for the second half of the season.
“Coming back off this bye week, we should have everybody back,” Elway said. “We should be as healthy as we’ve been all year, including the receiving corps. We’re exciting about getting going again, and hopefully we can start the second half of the season, the next 11 games, and start winning some of those games.”
To listen to the rest of the ‘Elway Live’ show, in which Elway discusses the impact he thinks Demaryius Thomas will have, the potential of practice squad players, Tim Tebow’s first start, the matchup against Miami and the acquisition of safety Rafael Bush, click here.