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Thomas injury has Broncos looking at WR options in draft

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

The Broncos drafted Demaryius Thomas in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft with the hopes of adding enough depth and potential at the WR position to transform it into an area of strength. However, because of injuries to both Thomas (torn Achillies in February) and WR Eddie Royal (hip surgery in February), we hear the Broncos aren't where they want to be with their receiving corps. Royal is expected to be at full strength by the time training camp begins, but executive vice president of football operations John Elway recently said that Thomas won't be back until midway through the season. One daily team observer predicts that the Broncos might look to add a receiver late in the draft, or at least sign an undrafted rookie or two to compete at the position. Second-year WR Eric Decker likely will fill in for Thomas both as a wideout and kickoff returner, with any contributions from Thomas next season being viewed as a bonus. But the potential is still there for Thomas, who missed time with both an ankle injury and concussion as a rookie. One daily team observer said the 6-3, 229-pound Georgia Tech product showed flashes of having No. 1 WR talent when healthy in 2010.

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