May 20, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) after organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
How much of a difference will Wes Welker make for the Denver Broncos? After posting five seasons of 100+ catches from Tom Brady and the Patriots, Welker will be a face to watch for in the weeks leading up to our game against the Denver Broncos on November 10th. Welker is extremely lethal after the catch and knows how to get good separation from defenders. Both Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker posted 1,000 yard seasons last year, and this could spell trouble having three 1,000-yard receivers at Peyton Manning’s disposal.
We can expect to see plenty of three wide receiver sets from Adam Gase and the Denver Broncos with Thomas and Decker lining up wide and Welker in the slot. Adam Gase who? That’s exactly what I said, the new offensive coordinator of the Broncos. The Chargers have the same fortune with a heavy line-up of capable receivers in DX, M80, Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen with Ken Whisenhunt dialing up the scheme, the difference is none of our receivers have ever posted a single 1,000-yard season in their NFL careers. That’s one up for Denver with the proven receivers, but that’s one up for the Chargers for having a proven offensive coordinator. The Wiz will have plenty of options with capable running backs and tight ends to shake up defenses, hopefully that’ll be enough, pound for pound to counter what Denver might dish out.
After the signing of Welker, the Chargers made a nice set of moves by drafting a savvy linebacker in Manti Te’o who had 7 interceptions at Notre Dame last season and one of the fastest cornerbacks in the draft in Steve Williams. Te’o will be watching the ball like a hawk, while Williams will be on Welker’s heels. It isn’t to say that the rookies will have the ability to go toe to toe with Welker but this could be a stellar upgrade to an aging Takeo Spikes or a miscued Marcus Gilchrist.
Did the Chargers do enough to bring the fight to Denver? Signing Welker was a nice move but we will not be going quietly into the night without getting our knuckles bloody, see you in November, Donks!