Unit-By-Unit Analysis: TEs and WRs

The Denver Broncos are hoping tight end Tony Scheffler also grows as a blocker. He is willing to learn and has the physical ability, he just needs more experience. There's no question about his receiving ability. He could become a regular target in the offense. Read a complete analysis of the Broncos' tight ends and wide receivers.

TIGHT ENDS: Starter - Stephen Alexander. Backups - Tony Scheffler, Nate Jackson, Chad Mustard, Mike Leach.

Scheffler, a rookie, has been so impressive he could eat into Alexander's playing time. Alexander is very good in the running game because he's made great strides since he came into the NFL. The Broncos are hoping Scheffler also grows as a blocker. He is willing to learn and has the physical ability, he just needs more experience. There's no question about his receiving ability. He could become a regular target in the offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters - Rod Smith, Javon Walker. Backups - Brandon Marshall, Todd Devoe, Charlie Adams, David Kircus.

Smith looked solid in training camp, once again. Denver has little to worry about with him -- he's a veteran who does everything right. The Broncos know Walker is extremely talented but just don't know how good he'll be one year removed from knee surgery. He started camp fast, then had a bit of a lull but bounced back with a strong third preseason game against Houston. If he is anywhere close to his 2004 form, the Broncos offense will be tough to stop.

Marshall is an impressive rookie who could serve as Denver's third receiver, if he's recovered from a knee injury that he suffered in the preseason. Kircus had a very good preseason and could also contribute.

The Broncos cut wide receivers Darius Watts and David Terrell and signed rookie Brian Clark to the practice squad.



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