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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver coach Gary Kubiak says that in his 32 years in the NFL hes never seen this much depth or deftness at wide receiver.Ive said from day one: that really has the chance to be the strength of our team, Kubiak said Sunday. Its going to be really hard to make our team at that position.Last year, there were Pro Bowlers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and not much else, as those two pass catchers accounted for 80 percent of the teams production at wide receiver.This year, coaches are excited about the leaps being made by holdovers Bennie Fowler, Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer, all of whom stepped it up in the playoffs and are now vying for the No. 3 receiver job this summer.Theyre joined by two free agent acquisitions familiar with Kubiaks system in DeVier Posey and Marlon Brown.Rounding out the dozen receivers vying for half as many roster spots are four speedy rookies and Peyton Mannings 6-foot-5, personal practice partner Jordan Taylor, whose sessions with Manning helped the five-time MVP work his way back from a foot injury last year to lead Denvers Super Bowl run.Taylor made a catch Friday that was reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr.s famous one-handed grab, only Taylor added a somersault to boot.Still, the most impressive catches of camp so far belong to undrafted rookie Kalif Raymond of Holy Cross, a 5-foot-9 blaze on special teams and blur from scrimmage.Making it difficult for the Broncos to try to hide them on the practice squad, Raymond and Taylor have spiced up the Super Bowl champs training camp, where there is an extraordinary three-way competition unfolding at quarterback.Even with Sanders and Thomas getting a day off, there was no shortage of crowd-pleasing catches against Denvers star-studded secondary. The bulk of them belonged to Taylor or Raymond, who helped rookie QB Paxton Lynch have his best day yet as he tries to catch Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian.This is my dream, so anything I can do to get on that field -- receiver, returner, sniper, gunner, anything they need me to do, Raymond said. Ill go out there and snap the ball if they want me to.Taylor ran himself ragged last year, playing both receiver and safety on the scout squads after his daily workouts with the meticulous Manning.He was probably the most in-shape guy on the team by far, Tolbert said, adding that Taylor showed growth long before his daily sessions with Manning.Most people who are that tall, your footwork is not as crisp, especially coming out of college. So, the one thing Ive tried to do is work on his footwork and his technique and hes gotten tons better from the day he got here until now, Tolbert said. All the hard work hes put in is really gratifying.Also working in Taylors favor is that hes sneaky fast, Tolbert said. He doesnt look like hes moving that much, but hes gaining ground on you. And his catching radius is 6-8, Id guess. He has such a huge radius hes able to adjust his body in the air and make plays on the ball.Raymonds size is a matter of some debate.Short but stocky, Raymond swears he weighed in Sunday at 181 pounds although hes still listed at 160.Not that size matters to Tolbert.They can be tall like Jordan or short like Kalif, Tolbert said. Now, everybody wants bigger, stronger, faster. But there are some big, strong, fast people sitting at home on the couch because they cant make plays. So, I just want playmakers.Of which, he has no shortage.Game notes A day after Kubiak said NT Phil Taylors knee injury was minor, the Broncos placed him on IR Sunday and signed DE Billy Winn, who played four years in Cleveland and last season in Indianapolis. ... 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He looks decent.Once the laughter subsided, Ryan went on to praise Brady by calling him the best quarterback hes faced.The Bills (4-3) have their hands full Sunday, when the Patriots (6-1) come to town with Brady back at his familiar spot under center since serving a four-game Deflategate suspension.In reeling off three consecutive wins , Brady has completed 75 percent of his passes for 1,004 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. New England has combined for 85 points, 1,300 yards and 70 first downs.Thats a significant turnaround from an offense that managed just 277 yards, 13 first downs and was shut out at home for the first time since 1993 against Buffalo.Brady has been so productive Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams wondered how much of an advantage the quarterback might have actually gotten for using under-inflated footballs.Maybe it didnt make a bit of difference, Williams said.The AFC East rival Bills know Brady only too well. Since taking over the starters job from Drew Bledsoe in 2001, Brady has a 25-3 record against Buffalo. One more win and Brady matches the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent: Brett Favre had 26 over Detroit.One of those victories still stings Ryan in particular.In New Englands 40-32 win at Orchard Park last season, Brady had three touchdowns and 466 yards passiing -- the most by a Bills opponent in franchise history.dddddd. Brady used an up-tempo, quick-passing attack to negate Buffalos pass rushing efforts.Ryan credited Brady for how well he can identify mismatches from the line of scrimmage based on how the defense is aligned.You dont want to present the same picture because once hes seen it, hes got great recall and hes got the skill to beat you, Ryan said. So hopefully, you can paint a different picture for him.Another concern is how the Patriots keep defenses off-balance with a sturdy running game led by LeGarrette Blount. It doesnt help that the injury-depleted Bills had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 28-25 loss at Miami during which Ryans defense surrendered 256 yards rushing.What running back wouldnt be happy seeing the team hes about to play just gave up 200 yards, linebacker Preston Brown said. You know (Blount) is going to be excited to see that we had some mishaps.The key remains keeping Brady in check.Its the same team, but you know when you have Tom Brady its a new team, Brown said, assessing the differences of how the Bills contained Brissett.Its definitely going to be a totally different challenge with the pass, especially with the quarterback we went up against. I mean, we shut them out, Brown said. But we only had 16 points, so its definitely going to be a tougher game if we only score 16 again.Ryan is hopeful the Bills are up to the challenge Brady presents.Id much rather scheme against some other team, a team down at the bottom than at the top, Ryan said. 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