Jerry Jeudy’s stats compared to other 2020 1st-round WRs

Six wide receivers were picked in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Where does Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy stack up among them?

Hindsight is always 20/20.

The Denver Broncos used their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft to select Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. He has been a dynamic route-runner in the NFL, but Jeudy hasn’t quite lived up to his 15th overall draft status in Denver.

Jeudy has missed nine games due to various injuries and his production has been hindered by underwhelming quarterback play. Did the Broncos make a mistake when they picked him in the first round in 2020?

Here’s a quick look at the stats of all six wide receivers who were picked in the first round of that year’s NFL draft.

Broncos prepared to face ‘unbelievably dynamic’ Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has been ‘spectacular’ this season, and he’ll be a tough test for the Broncos’ defense.

The Denver Broncos will face a tough test on Sunday when they go on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens and superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Denver has witnessed firsthand what Jackson is capable of — he’s 2-0 against the Broncos in his career with no turnovers in either of those contests.

“It’s tough,” Broncos safety Justin Simmons said of facing the elusive QB. “He does it at a high, high level week in and week out. I can remember preparing for that game last year and looking at all the exotic runs that they do and the personnel that they bring in. …. We have to come in and we have to stop the run. It makes it that much harder when you have a quarterback that can create explosive runs in the run game as well.”

Jackson is arguably the best running quarterback in the NFL, but he’s also a threat to hurt teams through the air. He has completed 62.1% of his passes for 2,231 yards this season with 17 touchdowns while adding 755 yards and three more scores on the ground.

“He’s unbelievably dynamic,” Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “When he has the ball in the space, he’s always going to try to get that extra yard. He’s got the ability to — sometimes he will lower his shoulder, and at the same time, he will make you miss.

“He’s a quick, accurate quarterback, too, so he can also drop back and throw with the play-action. He’s been spectacular, we’ve all seen him.”

Sunday’s game will begin at 11 a.m. MT on CBS (view the TV map).

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Russell Wilson says he has ‘great relationships’ in Broncos’ locker room

“I have great relationships in that locker room,” Broncos QB Russell Wilson said. “Whoever is trying to tear it down, you can’t.” 

Earlier this week, NFL Network reported that quarterback Russell Wilson is losing players in the Denver Broncos’ locker room.

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett has denied that report, and guard Dalton Risner did the same. Wilson was given an opportunity to respond himself during his media availability on Wednesday.

“First of all, everybody wants to win,” Wilson said. “We all want to win. Nobody wants to win more than me and this team, and that’s what we want to be able to do. I think also — I have great relationships in that locker room. Whoever is trying to tear it down, you can’t.”

Wilson then went on to speak about some of his relationships with various teammates before emphasizing that he’s focused on the task at hand.

“There is always noise, especially when things aren’t going the way you want it to all the time,” the QB said. “The thing is that you don’t bat an eye. My biggest goal every day is to continue to try to lead at the highest level, to be consistent every day with my approach and to never change.

“Not let the highs of life change you and not let the lows [change you] — just be consistent with your approach and knowing that I love these guys every day and who they are, what they are about, how they impact this community and what they’ve done. It’s a blessing to be on this team. I’m honored to be part of this.”

Wilson’s production hasn’t been good enough this year, and his personality and quirks might rub some fans and media members — and maybe even some teammates — the wrong way, but there’s no denying that he has the work ethic required to have success in the NFL.

We don’t know if the locker room is fracturing, but we do know that the team’s coach and a leader on offense have denied the reports, and we know Wilson will make every effort he can to help the team get back on track.

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Dalton Risner says people are ‘making up rumors’ about Russell Wilson

“It’s not true,” Dalton Risner said of reports of Russell Wilson losing the locker room. “People are just making up rumors about him.”

NFL Network reported earlier this week that Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has lost some players in the team’s locker room, then 9News reported that “about half the team” showed up to the QB’s birthday party.

Half the team showing up would be a good in-season turnout, but fans on social media didn’t see it that way, leading to even more speculation that Wilson is not in good standing in the locker room.

Broncos guard Dalton Risner shot down that notion on Wednesday.

“I’d say that’s not true,” Risner said when asked about the report of Wilson losing the locker room. “It’s funny because I stay away from all that. I can’t see any of that stuff anymore, and it’s been great. That’s just hilarious in my opinion. That’s funny because I don’t think it’s true. I know it’s not true. I know that I know who Russell is. I respect him so much. I respect the way he integrates within our locker room. I feel like all year, he hasn’t really been able to catch a break. People are just making up rumors about him, whether that be he’s not a good teammate or he’s lost the locker room, apparently, or whatever the heck it is.

“A lot of it’s just so outlandish to me because I get to see him work every day. I can see how much he cares about the guys in the locker room, the devotion he has in this game, the attitude that he brings a practice every day, and the attitude he brings to the football field. We may not be having a good season and we may be 3-8, but I respect the heck out of Russell Wilson and the way he’s leading this football team amongst everything he’s had to deal with this year.”

If Wilson is losing players in the locker room, the players aren’t making it known, at least not publically.

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Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett downplays ‘gossip’ about Russell Wilson

“It’s all gossip,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said of the reports about Denver’s locker room.

NFL Network created a stir in the football world earlier this week when Tom Pelissero reported on The Insiders that Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has lost support from some players in the locker room.

Pelissero walked back his comments one day later, but not until after they created a firestorm in Broncos Country.

So, what does coach Nathaniel Hackett think of the situation?

“I heard that a little bit. To me, it’s all gossip,” Hackett said Wednesday. “We have a fantastic locker room. When you look at a guy like Russ, he’s unbelievable. He works — I’ve never seen somebody work that hard and never seen somebody try to embrace a team like he has while he’s here.

“Just from everything that he does, from walkthroughs to helping and how he is in the community. Russ is awesome, and we just need to do better as a team. It’s that simple. All that stuff, it is what it is. I love Russ.”

The reporting from NFL Network happened just a few days after cameras spotted defensive lineman Mike Purcell yelling at Wilson on the sideline during a loss to the Carolina Panthers last week.

NFLN might have just been connecting the dots on the locker room, and Hackett doesn’t seem to believe there’s merit to the report.

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Broncos injuries: KJ Hamler suffers setback in recovery

Broncos WR KJ Hamler has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, coach Nathaniel Hackett announced Thursday.

Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, coach Nathaniel Hackett announced Thursday. Hamler is not unlikely to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and his status for the rest of the season might also be in doubt.

Hamler has already missed 21 of the team’s 44 games since he was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft out of Penn State.

Meanwhile, fellow receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) did not practice Thursday but he is still considered “day-to-day,” according to Hackett.

“We’re hoping [he can play],” Hackett said Wednesday. “We want [him]. When you are day-to-day, we’re hoping that they can push and get out there. We need them. We love when they’re out there. It gives us an extra threat down the field.”

Elsewhere on the injury front, cornerback K’Waun Williams (wrist/elbow/knee) was back at practice on a limited basis Thursday.

Denver’s complete Thursday injury report can be seen below.

The Broncos will practice again on Friday before releasing a final injury report with game statuses for Sunday’s game.

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Broncos Wire podcast: Where does Denver rank among NFL’s worst teams?

On this week’s podcast, Ryan O’Leary and Jon Heath discuss Melvin Gordon joining a division rival, Sunday’s game vs. the Ravens, and more!

The Denver Broncos are so bad that the NFL decided to give up an opportunity to put Patrick Mahomes in prime time in order to get the Broncos out of a nationally-televised game.

That sums up how things are going in Denver.

On this week’s Broncos Wire podcast, I joined host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary on Twitter) to discuss if the Broncos are the worst team in the NFL, whether or not Russell Wilson can be fixed, Melvin Gordon joining a division rival, and Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

You can listen to episode 66 below:

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Next week, Ryan and I will return with a new pod to break down what happened in the Ravens game and then look ahead to an AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.

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5 interim coach candidates for Broncos if they fire Nathaniel Hackett

If the Broncos fire Nathaniel Hackett during the season, which in-house candidates could replace him?

The Denver Broncos’ new ownership group having this much patience with coach Nathaniel Hackett seems to suggest that the coach won’t be fired until the end of the season (if he is fired after Year 1).

If the Broncos do fire Hackett during the season, though, here are five interim candidates who could take his place to finish out the 2022 campaign.

Broncos vs. Ravens broadcast map: Will the game be on TV?

Fans in the blue will get the Broncos-Ravens game on TV this week, per @506sports.

The Denver Broncos (3-8) will go on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens (7-4) in Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11:00 a.m. MT. The game will be regionally broadcast on CBS and in-market fans can stream the game on fuboTV (try it free).

Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Trent Green (analyst) will call the game for CBS with Melanie Collins reporting from the sideline.

On the radio, the game will be locally broadcast on KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM.

Fans in the blue will get the Broncos-Ravens game on their local CBS channels on Sunday, according to 506sports.com.

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Baltimore leads the all-time series against Denver 9-6, including a 23-7 win when the two teams met last season. This week, the Ravens are considered eight-point betting favorites against the Broncos at home.

After playing in Baltimore this weekend, Denver will return home to host the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High in Week 14.

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Broncos QB Russell Wilson is healthy, says coach Nathaniel Hackett

If Russell Wilson is healthy, his downward trend is a troubling sign for the Broncos.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has struggled this season and some fans and pundits have suggested that perhaps he is still battling through injuries that are hindering his performance.

Wilson played through a partially torn lat in October and he then suffered a partially torn hamstring that caused him to miss one game. Is the quarterback still battling those injuries?

“No,” coach Nathaniel Hackett said after Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers when asked if Wilson was playing injured.

If Wilson is playing through injuries, he hasn’t been getting treatment for them because he would show up on the team’s injury report in that scenario. Lying about treatment wouldn’t be worth the risk of repercussions, so it seems that Wilson is indeed healthy.

So if he’s not injured, what’s the problem?

“It’s a combination of a lot of different things,” Hackett said. “There is some semblance of newness with this whole group. We’ve had a lot of changes throughout the offense with different people that have been out there playing with him.

“We need to give him the confidence back to be able to make the plays that he can make. He’s out there and he’s fighting every single play. I give him so much credit. He’s taking a bunch of hits and it’s because he’s trying to do everything he can to make a play. I appreciate that and how he’s doing that. Everybody has to play better around him.”

Wilson has completed 58.9% of his passes for 2,369 yards with eight touchdowns against five interceptions through 10 games. He’s on track to have the worst statistical season of his career and if Wilson is healthy, his downward trend is a troubling sign for Denver.

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