The Denver Broncos have a secret weapon on offense heading into 2017, and he could be the next Tyreek Hill.
That's scary when you think about how good Denver's defense will be. On offense, this could be the new tool Denver needs to get over its mediocre quarterback play (hey, we can dream).
Per the Denver Post, the Broncos and special teams coach Brock Olivo "may have found their guy in rookie Isaiah McKenzie, a receiver out of Georgia who was drafted in the fifth round."
Prior to arriving in Denver, Olivo coached Tyreek Hill, the receiver/returner who wreaked havoc on the Broncos last season. In McKenzie, Olivo sees similarities and “a budding pro.”
“I’ll tell you where it starts, it’s with the confidence,” Olivo said. “He wants the ball in his hands and he likes the fact that there is a Tyreek Hill in our division, a guy that he can strive to be as good as or better someday. That’s the kind of kid he is. I know he’s thinking that in his head because he’s very confident and I love that about him. You see that, the quickness, the lateral movement, the burst, the toughness to stand in there. Again, we’ll see coming up in the first preseason game and throughout preseason just how much guts the kid has when gunners are running down in front of his face. I have confidence he’s going to be just fine.”
Mackenzie was a stud on an underachieving Georgia team in a tough SEC conference. He stayed three years before bolting to the NFL, catching 60 balls for 823 yards and seven touchdowns.
Hill, the dynamic offensive piece for the Kansas City Chiefs, may have been the sleeper story of 2016. He exploded onto the scene and made 61 catches, 24 carries and even returned kicks for over 500 yards. All told he reached the endzone 12 times.