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Decker plays his way into Broncos' lineup

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By Eli Kaberon

The old rule in sports is that a player isn't supposed to lose his starting job because of injury, but that appears to be happening in Denver. WR Eric Decker stepped into the starting lineup in Week Two because of injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, but we hear he might not be leaving that spot even when Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas return.

Decker, who had six receptions in 14 games in his rookie 2010 season, already has eight grabs in two weeks in 2011. That includes a 52-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the win over the Bengals, which wound up being the game-winning score. According to a team insider, both QB Kyle Orton and members of the coaching staff have recommended to head coach John Fox that Decker keep his starting spot. The 6-3, 218-pound Decker can line up at any receiver spot, has good speed and solid hands, and showed against the Bengals that he can be the deep threat Denver's offense needs.

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