ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -
Eric Decker spent his first year in the NFL recovering from a foot injury that ended his college career and his second season catching an average of two passes a game from Tim Tebow.
Now, he's Peyton Manning's top target, and a busy one at that.
The Denver Broncos' third-year pro leads the team with 46 receptions and seven touchdown catches, all of which have come over the last five games as the Broncos (5-3) have begun revving up under their resurgent quarterback.
That's roughly the same production Decker had all of last season, when he led the team with 44 catches but scored half of his eight touchdowns before Kyle Orton lost his starting job by Week 6.
Decker and the rest of the Broncos are in Carolina to face the Panthers (2-6) on Sunday at 11 a.m.