Add a receiver who has 672 receptions over the past six years into an offense and it's bound to have an impact on how things get distributed. But Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said Wes Welker's presence can help everyone's output.
"I knew when he was coming in that I would probably get more one-on-one coverage, so I was kind of excited, actually, because with that guy, and (Eric) Decker, and two great tight ends, it's going to be hard to double-team somebody," Thomas said. "So, I think it will help me out and help the team out.
"He's one of the best in the game at what he does at the slot position. I think he can bring something in for us and help us out on the offensive side of the ball."
Welker figures to get most of his targets from the departed Brandon Stokley (3.9 per game) and will also eat into the targets of TEs Jacob Tamme (5.3) and Joel Dreessen (3.6). Less clear is how the targets for Thomas and Decker will be affected.