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The Denver Broncos Have Big Decisions To Make At Receiver

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At the beginning of the 2016 NFL preseason, it was clear that there was some discrepancy of who should build the receiver corps of the Denver Broncos.

It’s a definite fact that Emmanual Sanders and Demaryius Thomas would hold starting positions. Thomas was paid a five-year, 70 million dollar deal in the summer of 2015. Although some critiqued this deal, claiming he wasn’t worth that kind of money, it happened. Thomas had an under-productive year in the 2015-2016 season and was heavily critiqued for critical drops and missing opportunities.

Sanders, who is in his 7th NFL season still hasn’t been awarded a contract from the Broncos. According to the front office, he is “next in line” for a contract, with a team who has already awarded large sums of money to other key components (Von Miller and Brandon Marshall.) Hopefully, soon, the Sanders situation can be resolved.

Now, the confusion aspect comes into play, during all of training camp, Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer were vying for a spot as the third starter for the Broncos receiving crew. These two wideouts, both from Big Ten universities (Fowler, Michigan State and Latimer, Indiana) were competing in practice.

It seemed as if Fowler had the edge for the starting role, but during the Chicago Bears preseason game, Fowler fractured his elbow, leaving him “out for awhile” according to Denver reporter Mike Killis.

Fowler later added that he would  “be ready for the Sept. 8 opener” but, this opens up an opportunity for Latimer to obtain a starting role.

This whole situation is bizarre, but as of lately, seems like a common procedure for the Broncos. John Elway and the front office appears to be the type of management who addresses that there are gaps and issues, but always finds a way to work it out.

Remember the fiasco when the only quarterback on the roster was Trevor Sieman? Or when everyone was worried about Von not getting paid? The Broncos have a way of working it all out, and it seems to be a method that proves to be useful for the reigning Super Bowl Champions.