Unit-by_Unit Analysis: Tight Ends and WRs

The Denver Broncos have turned over most of the roster since Josh McDaniels took over, so more change wouldn't be unexpected. Here's a look at the tight ends and wide receivers.

TIGHT ENDS: Starter - Daniel Graham. Backups - Tony Scheffler, Richard Quinn, Jeb Putzier, Marquez Branson.

Graham is the starter and will continue his role as one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL. He even increased his production in the passing game last season, and will catch a few balls this year too.

An interesting story in the offseason was the arc of Scheffler, who was involved in trade rumors and didn't know his role with the new coaching staff, but was a big part of the offense in the latter minicamps. The coaching staff has obviously figured out he can be a weapon in the offense because of his receiving ability.

Quinn is more Graham than Scheffler, as a bruising blocker who had very few catches in college. Still, Denver thinks he can become an all-around tight end.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters - Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal. Backups - Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokley, Chad Jackson, Kenny McKinley, Brandon Lloyd, David Grimes, Matthew Willis, Lucas Taylor, Nate Swift, C.J. Jones

All the focus will be on Marshall, after he had a tumultuous offseason that included a trade request and minicamp holdout. He has had 100 catches in back-to-back seasons and should be a good fit in the new offense, which doesn't go vertical very often. Marshall could have another nice season if he gets on board, but his catch numbers could drop.

Royal had a good season as a rookie and it's easy to see him in the same role Wes Welker plays for New England. Expect Royal to catch a lot of passes this season.

McDaniels likes to spread the field, so backups like Gaffney could have a nice season too. Stokley is reliable and could find a fit in the offense. Jackson has good physical tools and had a good offseason. McKinley had a productive college career and is an interesting prospect if he can stay healthy. There's a lot of receivers after them who are fighting for a job.



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