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Brandon Stokley doing his best with Broncos

  • By Brian McIntyre
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Brandon Stokley might be 35 years old, but that isn't stopping him from competing for a spot on the Denver Broncos' roster.

"I feel like I'm fighting for a job every day. So I just go out there and try to prove to myself that I can still make plays, every day. That's been my mentality since I was a rookie," Stokley told Lindsay Jones of The Denver Post on Sunday. "I'm enjoying it, having fun. I know I don't have another five years, 10 years left in me, so I'm enjoying this experience and this opportunity that I have."

Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Andre Caldwell are set to be the top three receivers in the Broncos offense. Stokley had just one reception for seven yards in two games with the New York Giants last season, but if healthy, he could be a productive player out of the slot for the Broncos.

Four months ago, Brandon Stokley was "95 percent retired" as he recovered from a quadriceps injury sustained during his brief stint with Giants. After pain-free workouts with former Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning (the two played together from 2003 to 2006) in North Carolina, Stokley decided to continue his career and officially reunite with Manning, signing a one-year contract with the Broncos in April.

Stokley's last productive season was in 2010. After an injured groin prompted his release by the Broncos, he latched on with the Seattle Seahawks, recording 31 catches for 354 yards in 11 games.

His past experience with Manning gives Stokley a clear edge over his competition for a spot with the Broncos, and so far, head coach John Fox likes what he sees.

"It's the Brandon Stokley I've seen on tape. He's healthy, and he's got a good skill set to play in this league, and he's proven that a lot of different places," Fox said.


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