If Marshall leaves, who's number one?

This offseason, the Denver Broncos added to their receiving corps, but they still might not have the type of group that could withstand losing its most talented piece.

Denver is at a crossroads with receiver Brandon Marshall, a Pro Bowl starter last year who wants a trade. If the Broncos accommodate his wishes and send him to another team, there's no clear No. 1 receiver left on the roster.

There is some depth, however. In the wake of Marshall holding out of a mandatory minicamp, the team signed veteran Brandon Lloyd.

Without Marshall, the apparent top receiver would be Eddie Royal. A second-round pick last year, Royal quickly moved into the starting lineup and had a very good rookie season. He had 91 catches, 980 yards and five touchdowns, all records for a Broncos rookie receiver. He doesn't have prototypical size for a No. 1 outside receiver, but he can make plays.

Jabar Gaffney would also be a big contributor to the offense. He knows the system from his days with Josh McDaniels in New England, and has been working with the starting offense in the minicamps.

Denver also has holdover veterans like Brandon Stokley, a reliable slot receiver, and Chad Jackson, who has a lot of physical ability. Kenny McKinley, a rookie fifth-round pick, would also have the chance to quickly work into the rotation.

McDaniels has also shown a fondness for tight end Tony Scheffler. The Patriots didn't use their tight ends much with McDaniels calling plays, but Scheffler has lined up in many different spots and seems poised to be a big part of the passing game.

Denver also could use a run-heavy attack. The Broncos have three tailbacks -- LaMont Jordan, Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno -- all capable of being effective. Denver also has a stellar offensive line returning intact from last year.

The Broncos are still likely to spread the field with receivers, because that's what McDaniels did often in New England. Kyle Orton will be the quarterback throwing the ball to those receivers, whether the group includes Marshall or not. Orton was named the Broncos' starting quarterback.



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