The battle for the third wide receiver spot has begun now that Bronco's training camp for the 2005-2006 season is underway. With the top two spots pretty much a lock ( Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie), the competition for the third spot will be very intense throughout training camp.
The third wide receiver from last year, Darius Watts, showed early signs of not letting up. One of the highlights of the morning practice was when Watts beat Lenny Walls with an over the shoulder diving catch. Watts speed, along with the combination of great hands, is why he may be the man to beat for the third spot. During the morning practice, he made several difficult catches and ran past several defensive backs at blazing speed. Watts is definitely the man to beat for the third wide receiver spot, (remember you heard it here first!).
Watts, who joined the Broncos last year as a second draft pick out of Marshall University, has felt fortunate to learn under two of the greatest wide receivers ever to play the game; Rod Smith and Jerry Rice. Smith holds franchise records for career receptions (712), touchdown catches (59) as well as receiving yards (9,772). Rice holds sixteen NFL regular season records including most touchdown receptions (197) as well as most receiving yards (22,895). Rice also owns nine postseason records and eleven Super Bowl records. Watts said about being able to learn from future hall of famers Smith and Rice that he's "been able to pick both those guys' brains and see where they come from and see their sides of the story."
Watts is in for some stiff competition this year, and it's not just from a future hall of famer; Triandos Luke, Charlie Adams, Todd Devoe, BJ Johnson, and Romar Crenshaw are also competing for the third wide receiver spot. Rice, Luke and Devoe all showed during the morning session why the competition for the third receiver spot is not a one horse race. Watts has set his goals for the upcoming season very high said his biggest challenge for the upcoming season is "getting better and getting my confidence levels up."
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