Fowler (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday. Fowler turned three targets into a pair of touchdowns Week 1, and then exited early due to a concussion in Sunday's 42-17 win over the Cowboys. Cody Latimer took over as the No. 3 receiver midway through that contest, and he'll likely do the same if Fowler isn't ready for Week 3 in Buffalo. Fowler's standout performance in Week 1 aside, the Denver passing game remains highly reliant on its top two wideouts, Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders.
Fowler was removed from Sunday's game against the Cowboys and placed in the concussion protocol, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. After turning three targets into two touchdowns in the regular-season opener, Fowler managed just one catch for eight yards on three targets Sunday. Cody Latimer is filling in as the No. 3 receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Fowler caught all three of his targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns during Monday's win over the Chargers. The 26-year-old receiver was easy to overlook this summer after missing all of 2016 after a preseason elbow injury ended his season. However, Fowler made a number of big plays for the Broncos during their Super Bowl run two years ago, and he made a huge impact again Monday. He's unlikely to see too many looks in the passing game with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders locked in as the primary targets, but Fowler's definitely a potential deep-league add and receiver to watch in all settings.
Fowler, per teammate Emmanuel Sanders, is currently Denver's No. 3 receiver, Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC reports A fractured elbow suffered during the preseason prevented Fowler from taking the next step forward in his career during 2016. That makes it easy to forget how valuable Fowler was toward the tail-end of the Broncos' Super Bowl run -- including a key third-down conversion late in the divisional-round contest against Pittsburgh. At well over 200 pounds, Fowler isn't necessarily your prototypical, shifty slot man, but his size and toughness make him a force up the seam. While rookie speedsters Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie certainly have the ability to leapfrog Fowler between now and the regular season, Fowler has a big leg up mentally, having played in a similar system as Mike McCoy's under Adam Gase in 2014.
Fowler signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports. Fowler had a 76-yard scoring reception in Week 13 against Kansas City, but he was otherwise a non-factor throughout the 2016 season, finishing with only 11 catches for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 targets. He might get a shot to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job, as Denver will head into the draft with a thin depth chart behind its standout duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||New York Giants||11||14.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||24.00|
|8||10/31||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||25.00|
|10||11/13||New England Patriots||29||27.00|
|14||12/10||New York Jets||30||27.00|
|17||12/31||Kansas City Chiefs||25||25.00|
|3 Year Avg||24||14||174||1||8||12.43||23|