Slot Receivers the Broncos Can Target to Pair With Drew Lock
Drew Lock only made five starts during his rookie season in 2019, but he made them count, closing out the Denver Broncos season with a 4-1 record. As he heads into 2020, Lock will look to build on that success. However, Lock will need some weapons if he wants to have any chance at repeating his performance in 2020.
While he has Courtland Sutton at receiver and an emerging Noah Fant at tight end, there's not much else at the Broncos' skill positions that get people excited. With that in mind, let's take a look at three slot receivers still available on the open market that could provide a little more help to Lock in year two.
1. Paul Richardson
Paul Richardson isn't going to blow your socks off, but when he's healthy and on the field, he has been effective. While he hasn't played a full 16 games since 2017, Richardson did haul in 44 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns in that season after starting only 13 of those 16 games that year as well. He also averaged a career-best 16.0 yards per reception in 2017-18. He has the speed and the ability to break loose down the field, and if he can stay healthy, he could be a nice fit in Denver.
2. Taylor Gabriel
Taylor Gabriel is similar to Richardson in the sense that he hasn't gotten a true opportunity to showcase his full abilities. Outside of starting 11 games in 2018, Gabriel has never had more than seven starts in any other season, with four of his six seasons yielding four starts or fewer. He is as speedy as they come and has shown he is great after the catch and at making plays in the open field. He has averaged at least 10.3 yards per reception four years in a row. If Denver gives him a full starting opportunity, he could be a big-time steal.
3. Chester Rodgers
Chester Rodgers is still really young, only entering his fifth season at the age of 26. Rodgers has never been given a huge opportunity either. In 2018, when he started a career-high 10 games (more than double any other year), he showed some potential, grabbing 53 catches for 485 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 73.6 percent catch rate that season as well. Rodgers has averaged 11.0 yards per reception or better in three of his four pro seasons, and if given the opportunity, he should be able to build upon his past success.
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