CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- According to the Smithsonian Institute, St. Louis quarterback Bradbury Robinson completed the first legal forward pass to Jack Schneider on Sept. 5, 1906.
According to urban legend, the receiver opposite of Schneider groused about not being targeted on Sept. 6, 1906.
Receivers want touches. They live to make plays. They can't do that without the ball thrown in their direction. As such, the Broncos tandem of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders remain frustrated, if not conflicted. They want to help more, yet the Broncos are 2-0 behind a bruising ground game that ranks fourth in yards per game. Denver sits 26th overall in passing yards.
"I don't know the problem on why the ball isn't coming my way, but it's not a big deal," Thomas said Wednesday. "It's all about winning and we're 2-0. That's all I can worry about."
Sanders cited Albert Einstein in a need for more creativity inside the red zone, where the Broncos have yet to throw a touchdown pass.
"At some point if what we are doing isn't working, I feel like the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," Sanders said. "If it doesn't keep working, then maybe we should change it up."
Sanders pointed the finger at himself for mistakes in the red zone. Thomas understands patience is required since Siemian has played only two NFL games.
"I want him to be able to look to the left and see me and look to the right and see Demaryius and say, 'I can count on these guys,'" Sanders said.
Thomas ranks 41st in the league with nine receptions. Sanders owns eight catches.
"That's understandable, right?" Siemian said of the receivers' frustration. "They want the ball. They are two of the best in the business. We want to give them opportunities. The exciting part is that there's room for improvement, and we're still winning."