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Top 15 Worst Receivers Peyton Manning Has Ever Had

The greatest regular season quarterback in the history of the National Football League has hung them up after a career to remember. Peyton Manning confirmed what many assumed to be true on March 7th, 2016 when he publicly announced that he was retiring as an active player. The legendary quarterback who should already have a wing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated to him was able to walk out as a champion after Manning and the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50. Debates will now begin on where Manning belongs on the list of the best QBs to ever play in the NFL.

Manning had plenty of help while playing for the Indianapolis Colts and then the Broncos. Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark and Edgerrin James were all special talents. Demaryius Thomas likely would have been regarded as one of the best wide receivers in NFL history had he spent the majority of his career playing alongside Manning. Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokley, Wes Welker and Marcus Pollard were all able to catch multiple touchdown passes from Manning over time. Manning did it all during his playing days and those of us who were able to cover him for nearly two decades were honored to do that job.

Not everybody who was lucky enough to play on an offense that was captained by Manning was an all-time great. Some, in fact, were technically not even receivers. Manning was a special talent in that he had an ability to make those around him better, and that included some who probably would have struggled to remain on a roster that featured a different quarterback. Hopefully, those players who caught touchdown passes tossed by Manning held onto and then preserved those footballs. Manning will never again throw a touchdown in the NFL and all who adore the game of football will miss seeing No. 18 take the field.

15 15. Mitch Unrein 

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14 14. Cody Latimer 

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13 13. Hank Baskett 

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12 12. Tony Simmons 

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11 11. Devin Aromashodu 

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10 10. Anthony Gonzalez 

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9 9. Torrance Small 

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8 8. Aaron Moorehead 

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7 7. E.G. Green 

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6 6. Trevor Insley 

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5 5. Matt Willis 

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4 4. Trindon Holliday 

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3 3. Troy Walters  

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2 2. Bennie Fowler 

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1 1. Vernon Davis 

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Vernon Davis was a consistent tight end for several seasons while playing with the San Francisco 49ers until injuries slowed him down. Manning and the Broncos were probably hoping that Davis could revitalize his career when he joined Denver during the 2015 campaign. Instead, the Broncos traded for a tight end who was ultimately targeted just once during the playoffs. Davis did not catch that pass. Davis recently stated that he wants to continue playing in the NFL for another “four or five years.” The veteran is going to need more than luck to still be playing in the NFL by the end of the decade.

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