The Denver Broncos have been making some significant moves in the offseason, but unfortunately, it seems that they show a lack of confidence in their receiving corps.
After struggling to find production from their wide receivers in 2020, the Broncos went out and signed veteran running back Melvin Gordon in free agency. While Gordon is certainly a talented player, he is not a proven receiver out of the backfield, which makes it clear that the Broncos don’t expect their current group of receivers to get the job done.
Additionally, the Broncos have also reportedly been considering a trade for veteran quarterback Matt Stafford, which would further suggest that they don’t have much faith in their current group of pass-catchers.
If the Broncos were truly confident in their receiving corps, they would be looking to add more talent to their roster, rather than bringing in players from other positions to try and make up for the lack of production.
It’s possible that the Broncos may be hesitant to invest in their receiving group due to the young talent they have on their roster. Second-year receiver Jerry Jeudy was a first-round pick in 2020, and he has shown flashes of potential despite struggling with consistency throughout his rookie season. Fellow 2020 draft pick KJ Hamler is also a promising young receiver who could take a big step forward in year two.
However, relying on young, unproven players to lead your receiving corps is a risky proposition, especially in a division that features the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. The Broncos need to have a dependable receiving option for whoever is playing quarterback if they want to compete in the AFC West.
Ultimately, the Broncos’ latest moves suggest that they are lacking confidence in their receiving corps. Whether they address that issue in free agency or the draft remains to be seen, but it’s clear that they need to do something to improve the position if they hope to take a step forward in 2021.