NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Alex Smith, Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Bowe, Eric Decker, Kansas City Chiefs, Kirk Cousins, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, Wes Welker
Bowe says he’s a top-five WR: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe says he feels like he’s one of the top five wideouts in the NFL. The Chiefs apparently felt similarly, making the veteran the league’s third-highest paid pass-catcher and upgrading the quarterback position by swinging a deal for Alex Smith. That leaves very few excuses for Bowe to produce in 2013. So far in his career, his production hasn’t matched his confidence. In six NFL seasons, the LSU product has finished in the top ten in receiving yards just once — and has never cracked the top five. Bowe has never caught more than 86 passes in a season and the 15 touchdowns he scored in 2010 stand out as the ultimate anomaly. While I admire his spirit, I’m not sold on his soothsaying. The real Dwayne Bowe is probably closer to what we saw in 2008 and 2011 — which is good enough to make him a No. 2 option.
Broncos to use more three-WR sets: This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but the Denver Broncos will be throwing the ball a lot after the addition of Wes Welker. But according to the Denver Post, the team plans to make the three-receiver set a part of its base offense — meaning Welker will be almost continually be on the field with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. The general consensus is that Welker will see a drop in production with so many options in the Broncos offense, but the change in formations sounds like good news for Peyton Manning. Last season, The Sheriff threw the ball 583 times. That number could climb closer to 600 by the end of this season.
RG3 hopes to start running: Here’s your weekly Robert Griffin III rehab update: according to the standout rookie’s father, RG3 is on track to begin running next week. There isn’t going to be another injury tracked as closely as this one, considering even President Barack Obama has weighed in. Regardless of how Griffin is progressing, you can expect Mike Shanahan and the Redskins coaching staff to keep a close eye on him. They will be the final arbiter of whether RG3 or Kirk Cousins will be taking the starting snaps in Week 1.
— Marcas Grant
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