However, the burning question is:
"What do the Broncos do if one of them suffers an unfortunate injury,
as was the case last season in the form of a late injury to Pettis?"
Further, who will take the leadership role when 2010 Young and Pettis are gone?
Fresh in the memories of Bronco fans is Derek "Schou"
Schouman, now an NFL tight end with the Buffalo Bills.
It is now time for the other "Shoe" to step forward.
Like Schouman, Tyler Shoemaker is a local product, out of
Shoemaker, who was second to teammate Mitch Burroughs in
the 10-yard dash at the 2006 Idaho Football Combine, has shown he can be a deep
threat to complement Titus Young. Shoemaker
runs a 4.68 40 and has an impressive 36.5" vertical leap.
He has great hands and excellent route-running ability.
has fairly good size
(6-1, 217) so he can be a good target for
be tough for Titus or Austin to elevate their game beyond what it already is.
The same is not true for
As great as Young and Pettis are, there should be
plenty of opportunities for a third wide receiver to find the space needed to
operate successfully. While
Shoemaker certainly has the experience to be that guy, he will need to upgrade
his game in order to hold off some of the other talented players breathing down
Last year, I predicted in the review of his recruiting
class that Shoemaker would be a household name by the end of the year.
While I don't know if that's true, he didn't make the impact I
thought he would when I wrote that article.
Sure, Young and Pettis are superstars but "Shoe" needs to stand
amongst them as a trio.
Go "Shoe" Go!