Unit by Unit: Tight Ends and Wide Receivers

Here's an early look at how the 2008 Denver Broncos roster is shaping up. Today - tight ends and wide receivers.

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

This and cornerback are probably the Broncos' strongest positions. Graham didn't catch many balls, but the team was thrilled with his work in the running game. Scheffler is becoming a very good receiver. He had a good year despite problems stemming from a broken foot that lingered all year. Jackson and Alexander finished the year on injured reserve. Alexander is unlikely to be back.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Brandon Marshall, Javon Walker. Backups -- Brandon Stokley, Glenn Martinez, Taylor Jacobs, Rod Smith.

Marshall is a star already after catching 100 passes in his second year. He is big, agile and has good hands. He is one of the best receivers in the NFL after the catch. He is also dedicated and will probably come back for his third season in top shape.

Walker probably talked his way out of Denver. He complained after the season that he didn't fit in the offense and didn't think he would be back. Considering he has more than $5 million in bonuses due in 2008, he's probably right. However, Stokley is best suited for a role as a third receiver. He is great in the slot and not playing every down could help him stay healthy.

Martinez and Jacobs probably aren't the answer after Marshall, so the Broncos will likely explore free agency and trades to find a No. 2 receiver, assuming Walker isn't brought back. Smith's career is likely over after more hip surgery in January.



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