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Broncos' balanced offense is 'totally different,' per WR Emmanuel Sanders

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9:54am

Denver Broncos - [Full Article]

Newly-appointed Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison will look to have a more balanced attack in 2015. A trademark of Dennison’s traditional coaching style, the Broncos will now look to rely on both the rushing and passing offense as opposed to last year’s emphasis on the passing game.

“It’s definitely different,” said Sanders. “You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that’s huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It’s different.”

“It’s a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I’m in it,” said Sanders. “Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm.”

“Of course obviously it’s not going to be one of those offenses, well I’m praying that it is, but obviously it’s not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you’re going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes,” said Sanders. “Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Broncos were pretty balanced last season when compared to the rest of the league. They had the 16th-highest pass/run ratio (57.8%), while new HC Gary Kubiak was running the Baltimore offense with the 22nd-highest ratio (55.3%). With Wes Welker and Julius Thomas gone, we believe that Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are still rock-solid investments in the early rounds, even when we account for a drop in pass attempts.

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Broncos HC Gary Kubiak 'really, really liked' WR Cody Latimer prior to 2014 Draft

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:44pm

Jeff Legwold, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak "really, really liked" WR Cody Latimer when he spent time with him prior to the 2014 Draft. "I think a lot of his ability," Kubiak added.

Fantasy Impact:

Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially if Wes Welker retires and Emmanuel Sanders moves inside. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust, and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.

Wes Welker preparing for 2015, not mulling retirement

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:59am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Contrary to a report last week, Broncos receiver Wes Welker is not mulling retirement.

Welker, who ranks 20th all time among receivers with 890 career catches, said Monday he intends to play on.

"Just getting ready for 2015," Welker told The Denver Post via text.

FoxSports.com cited sources in its report on Feb. 10 that Welker was considering retirement.

"Never ever came out of my mouth," Welker said.

Where Welker plays is uncertain. He becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 10.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker's numbers were way down last year (49-464-2) compared to his first season in Denver (73-778-10) even though he played one additional game. The Broncos' pass attempts dropped by 10 percent, and Welker's targets took the biggest hit. We don't expect him to be back in Denver, especially if the team is serious about getting Cody Latimer more involved. Emmanuel Sanders can play the slot with (free agent) Demaryius Thomas and Latimer playing on the outside.

Broncos WR Cody Latimer may see a big increase in playing time

Friday, February 13, 2015, 6:46pm

Denver Broncos - [Full Article]

If the Broncos continue emphasizing three-WR sets, and Wes Welker does not return, there's a role for WR Cody Latimer, perhaps lining up outside with Emmanuel Sanders moving into the slot in that package, or even in the slot, on routes like the one he ran in Dallas in the preseason finale last summer.

One aspect of Latimer's skill set that must be noted is his blocking ability, considered by some to be the best among last year's wide receiver class. If he can take his outside blocking skills and transfer them to the inside -- not as a tight end, but standing up in a tight slot alignment -- then the Broncos could have the blocking effectiveness of a two-tight end set with a three-wide receiver formation.

Latimer is unproven, but presents possibilities that the new coaching staff will likely explore.

Fantasy Impact:

Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially if Welker retires and Sanders moves inside. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Welker doesn’t have much fantasy appeal at this point. He’s (at best) the fourth option in the Denver passing game.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. He has scored one touchdown in his last six games and hasn’t gained more than 31 yards in that span.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. He has scored one touchdown in his last six games and hasn’t gained more than 31 yards in that span.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Welker is probably just getting a day of rest. He has scored one touchdown in his last six games and hasn’t gained more than 31 yards in that span.

Broncos Beat: 'It's time to take the training wheels off' WR Cody Latimer

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:19pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos beat writer Mike Klis on the status of rookie WR Cody Latimer...

It's time for the Broncos to take the training wheels off Latimer, their second-round draft pick this year. Not necessarily because of problems with Caldwell and Welker as receivers. I thought Caldwell performed quite well Sunday at St. Louis in what was his first significant chance at playing time this year.

It's just that Latimer would bring some added strength, toughness and physicality to an offense where all the talk is about how it needs more strength, toughness and physicality.

Fantasy Impact:

The sentiment is great, but Latimer is still 4th in the pecking order behind Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell, who all understand the offense and are in tune with QB Peyton Manning. At the very least, Latimer should be active while Sanders is (likely) out.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. It doesn’t look like Welker’s back injury is going to keep him out of Week 10.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (back) took full practice reps again Thursday. It doesn’t look like Welker’s back injury is going to keep him out of Week 10.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm

Broncos WR Wes Welker (back) practiced fully Wednesday. It doesn’t look like Welker’s back injury is going to keep him out of Week 10.

Wes Welker day-to-day with back injury

Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

On Monday, Broncos coach John Fox said via Lindsay Jones of USA Today, that WR Wes Welker was “day-to-day” as a result of the injury from Week 9.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker was further evaluated on Monday. It's possible the team held him out in what was a lopsided contest, but Fox never cleared that up. Either way, Welker has just nine catches in his last four games as Emmanuel Sanders has emerged as a big-time weapon for QB Peyton Manning.

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