WR Andre Caldwell, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 204, Born: 4-15-1985, College: Florida, Drafted: Round 3
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The Broncos let all of their free agents go this offseason except for one—Andre Caldwell. “Bubba” gives the team valuable veteran depth at wide receiver. Even with the addition of second-round pick Cody Latimer, the Broncos would be wise to keep Caldwell around as the fourth- or fifth-string guy. Caldwell has the speed to get open quickly. He cuts at speed and doesn’t lose much separation from a defender when he makes his break. Caldwell has proven body control and can work routes near the sideline or the end zone. He is also fearless and will run routes over the middle. Last season, Caldwell filled in for an injured Wes Welker and had a standout game in Week 15 against the Chargers. His six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns made him a fantasy darling for one week. That’s his real fantasy potential—as a backup/insurance player to pick up after an injury to someone ahead of him on the depth chart.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Andre Caldwell only played three snaps, but he certainly made the most of them. When a 34-yard catch and run left Demaryius Thomas winded, Caldwell came in for him and caught a touchdown two plays later. His playing time remains limited, but Caldwell demonstrated that he's capable of backing up all three receiver positions, and that Manning has no problem looking his way when he's on the field.
Week 15 - Originally not a large part of the offensive game play, Denver saw how San Diego was defending Andre Caldwell and decided to feature him more as the game went on. With Decker spending time in the slot, Caldwell received plenty of snaps as the backup outside receiver, and he led the team in targets (10), receptions (6), receiving yards (59), and touchdowns (2). Caldwell performed well for a backup called upon in critical situations, including converting on 4th and 6 with Denver mounting a comeback bid, but will not be mistaken for one of Denver’s starters any time soon.
Week 16 - With Decker splitting time between the slot and the outside, Andre Caldwell didn’t receive as many snaps as he did against San Diego. With Decker and Demaryius Thomas both dominating the overmatched Texans secondary, Caldwell also didn’t receive as many targets, finishing with just three for the day, all coming early. On Denver’s first drive, Caldwell converted a 3rd-and-7 from the slot, and Denver rewarded him with a deep target on the next play, but Caldwell failed to convert. On the following drive, Denver attempted a screen to Caldwell that Houston sniffed out. After that, Caldwell played sparingly the rest of the way and did not receive another target.
Week 17 - With Wes Welker out, Andre Caldwell once again received reps with the first team, and he wasted no time in making an impact. On Denver’s first drive, Peyton Manning rifled a target deep over the middle to Caldwell, who managed to go up and high-point the overthrown football and bring it in for a fantastic catch. He was almost rewarded with a touchdown two plays later, but the ball was slightly high and Caldwell was unable to get his second foot down in bounds, resulting in one of Peyton’s three incomplete passes for the day. Caldwell received more work with Brock Osweiler in the second half, but like the rest of Denver’s offense, it was less productive; of Caldwell’s four second-half targets, the only one that was caught was a 19-yard catch-and-run to convert 3rd and 4.