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Tyke Tolbert
Wide Receivers
College:
LSU
Experience:
13

Tyke Tolbert is in his fifth year with the Denver Broncos coaching the wide receivers in 2015—a position he has instructed with three previous teams since joining the NFL ranks in 2003. He is entering his 13th NFL season and was named to his current position on Jan. 17, 2011.

Before joining the Broncos, Tolbert spent the 2010 season coaching in Carolina, preceded by six seasons with Buffalo (2004-09) and one year with Arizona (2003).

In 2014, Tolbert coached the NFL’s top wide receiver tandem with Demaryius Thomas (111-1,619, 11 TD) and Emmanuel Sanders (101-1,404, 9 TD) combining for the most receptions (212) and receiving yards (3,023) by a league duo.

Tyke Tolbert is in his fifth year with the Denver Broncos coaching the wide receivers in 2015—a position he has instructed with three previous teams since joining the NFL ranks in 2003. He is entering his 13th NFL season and was named to his current position on Jan. 17, 2011.

Before joining the Broncos, Tolbert spent the 2010 season coaching in Carolina, preceded by six seasons with Buffalo (2004-09) and one year with Arizona (2003).

In 2014, Tolbert coached the NFL’s top wide receiver tandem with Demaryius Thomas (111-1,619, 11 TD) and Emmanuel Sanders (101-1,404, 9 TD) combining for the most receptions (212) and receiving yards (3,023) by a league duo.

Thomas’ 1,619 receiving yards set a franchise single-season record as the fifth-year player earned his third career Pro Bowl selection and joined Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as the only receivers in NFL history with three consecutive 1,400-yard, 10-touchdown seasons. Thomas’ 2014 campaign included a team-record seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games and a 226-yard output against Arizona in Week 5 that represented the highest single-game total in club annals.

Sanders, who was signed as a free agent after four seasons in Pittsburgh, was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2014 after posting the fourth-most receiving yards (1,404) and fifth-most catches (101) in league history by a player in his first year with a new team.

In 2013, Tolbert coached a unit that produced three players with 10-plus touchdowns (Thomas – 14; Eric Decker – 11; Wes Welker – 10) along with two 1,000-yard performers (Thomas – 1,430; Decker – 1,288) as Denver’s offense set the NFL’s single-season scoring record (606 pts.)..

Thomas, whose 14 receiving scores in 2013 tied a franchise record, earned his second career Pro Bowl honor and was named a second-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press. Thomas and Decker became just the second pair of teammates (Cris Carter/Randy Moss, Min. – 1998-99) to post 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns each in consecutive seasons. Welker set a career high with 10 touchdowns, including at least one in an NFL-record six straight games to begin a season with a new team.

Denver’s 2012 wide receiver group helped Denver’s fifth-ranked passing offense score 30 or more points in a team-record 11 games. Third-year wideouts Decker and Thomas became the youngest tandem in NFL history to record 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns each in a season, while veteran Brandon Stokley became one of 10 players in league annals to post 40 receptions and five touchdowns after the age of 36.

Teaming with quarterback Peyton Manning, Thomas earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after finishing fourth in the NFL with 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns on 94 receptions (15.3 avg.), while Decker posted 85 receptions for 1,064 yards (12.5 avg.) and an AFC-best 13 touchdowns. The young wideouts also tied for first in the AFC with four receiving scores apiece on third down.

Thomas and Decker emerged as solid targets under Tolbert’s instruction in 2011, combining for 76 receptions for 1,163 yards (15.3 avg.) with 12 touchdowns in Denver’s run-heavy offense led by quarterback Tim Tebow. Fourth-year wideouts Eddie Royal and Matthew Willis also provided steady production after a trade in Week 6 that sent Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis.

In Buffalo, Tolbert helped wide receiver Lee Evans become one of the most productive receivers in Bills history. Evans led all NFL rookies in 2004 with nine touchdown receptions and a 17.6-yard average per catch. After finishing second in the NFL with seven receptions for 40-plus yards in 2005, Evans continued to improve under Tolbert in 2006, amassing a team-record 265 yards receiving on 11 catches with two touchdowns in Week 11.

Under Tolbert’s tutelage with the Cardinals in 2003, Anquan Boldin earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and was the only rookie to make the Pro Bowl that season. He set an NFL-rookie record with 101 catches for 1,377 yards — the second most by a rookie in league history.

Tolbert gained his first professional coaching experience by participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program with the Detroit Lions during training camp in 1997 and again with the Cardinals during training camp in 2001.

A veteran of eight seasons at the collegiate level before joining the NFL ranks, Tolbert began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State in the spring of 1994 and Northeast Louisiana in the fall of 1994. He moved on to coach wide receivers at Ohio in the spring of 1995, before returning to Northeast Louisiana in the fall of 1995, where he tutored the team’s tight ends for three seasons.

After coaching tight ends at Auburn in  1998, Tolbert spent the next three years (1999-2001) as the wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette. He served as the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator at Florida in 2002, before making the jump to the NFL the following season.  

Tolbert was a three-year letterman at LSU, where he played wide receiver. A native of Conroe, Texas, he graduated from LSU with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Morgan and Madison.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (3):WR Anquan Boldin (2003), WR Emmanuel Sanders (2014), WR Demaryius Thomas (2012-14).
*as primary position coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos
Wide Receivers - 2011-15

Carolina Panthers
Wide Receivers - 2010

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receivers - 2004-09

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receivers - 2003

University of Florida
Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator - 2002

University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator - 1999-2001

Auburn University
Tight Ends - 1998

Northeast Louisiana University
Tight Ends - 1995-97

Ohio University
Wide Receivers - 1995 (Spring)

Northeast Louisiana University
Graduate Assistant - 1994

Louisiana State University
Graduate Assistant - 1994 (Spring)

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