spider321 wrote:I'm finding that I always disagree with thrfty.
Marshall is the #1 receiver in Denver for the foreseeable future and I believe that Cutler's departure will hurt their passing game.
Maclin played his entire career in the slot at Mizzou, so if they ever do move him outside, he'll need some time to adjust. This means that he is not a threat to challenge DeSean for #1 anytime soon.
Also, the Eagles are still a pass first offense. The Broncos may rely more heavily on the run now that they have Moreno.
Who is the #1 WR argument doesn't really hold alot of merit with a guy who can and should consistently be able to rack up 90+ receptions in his career...Does it matter that Randy Moss is still the #1 WR in NE? No, because Welker outscored TO, Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Bowe, and even Randy Moss in ppr leagues.
Cutler leaving obviously hurts the passing game but you could make the argument it hurts Marshall more then anything, Royal is a guy whose going to be in the slot making a living catching short patterns and under neath routes and Orton should rely on him quite a bit...It's not like he's a deep route guy who needs a big armed QB to get him the ball, he runs exceptional routes and he's tough to cover in space, he's a QB's best friend and he will still be a huge part of the offense no matter who is throwing to him.
I think Thrifty hit it on the head with the roles for Maclin and Desean, but even if Maclin doesn't develop like they are expecting it's still an offense that spreads the ball around to alot of different people and he is more of a guy who will have 70-80 receptions which isn't a bad thing at all...But I don't think he'll ever have more value then Royal does in a ppr.
Not only that, but Maclin and Desean will both be in Philly together for a long time, I see Marshall in Denver for this year and next year maybe, he has way too many issues hanging over his head to get the type of pricey extension he wants...This seems like an issue where the team will put him on the block eventually and get a nice package to move him, purely speculation on my part but I'd be shocked to see a team extend a guy to upwards of ten million a year when he's been arrested as much as Marshall has, it's usually a new team that has to step in for that to happen.
Once and/or if that happens, Royal's value would skyrocket and everyone saw the way he produced when Marshall was out of the line-up as a rookie in his first game, in his 3rd year I think he'd be more then ready to assume the #1 receiving option for that team, but at the very least the scenario is out there with Marshall and his contract and it could very well benefit Royal quite a bit.