There’s a lot of commotion in Denver these days with Russell Wilson in the building. That excitement could be eased a bit today as Wilson won’t be the top target this season.
On Wednesday, the Broncos placed Tim Patrick on injured reserve.
The seasoned wide receiver led the team in yards per catch (13.8), yards per game (45.9), and touchdowns (5) last season, as well as 1,476 receptions and 11 touchdowns over the past two seasons, also leading the team.
The combination of Patrick and Courtland Sutton looked like a formidable duo on the outside. With Patrick out now, that could mean third-year wide receiver Jerry Judy will have to step up and try to play at the level expected of him when the team used him with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Judy had a strong rookie season, catching a team-leading 52 for 856 yards, but stepped back in his second season while Patrick remained a consistent offensive player.
All in all, without Patrick, the Broncos trio of Sutton, Judy and KJ Hamler might look like worst group of wide receivers in AFC West.
Even with Patrick, they have taken a backseat to the Raiders and Chargers, but the Chiefs may now have an argument in favor of fielding a better overall unit with the addition of Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdez-Scantling, who will join Mekola Hardman.
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