Denver lost defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil in a bizarre deadline-fueled fax foul-up. Meanwhile, Welker's addition means it's less likely that one of Manning's favorite teammates, Brandon Stokley, will return, though the quarterback wasn't completely giving up on that.
"I hope it's not necessarily a closed-door discussion," Manning said.
Regardless, Manning's receiving corps figures to be one of the most dangerous in the league. Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas each had breakout years last season, Thomas with 1,434 yards and Decker with 1,064. Both are heading into their fourth year as pros. Both figure to benefit from having Welker there to occupy defenses. Manning needs to take advantage of the situation sooner rather than later — a reality he's very much in touch with as he enters his 16th NFL season.
"I'll be long out of eligibility by the time these guys really hit the peak of their careers because they're both young players," Manning said. "But I've really enjoyed working with them and seeing them develop, and both of them got better last year. And both can be even better this year, I believe."
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