Denver Broncos practice squad: WR Tim Patrick highlights

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 29: Sidney Jones /

The Denver Broncos have added wide receiver Tim Patrick, formerly of Utah, to their practice squad. River Cracraft suffered an injury…

The Denver Broncos have made a move on their practice squad, adding wide receiver Tim Patrick and releasing River Cracraft.

Patrick played his college ball at Utah.

According to reports, Cracraft was let go due to an injury issue.

Patrick joins a couple of former Utah players on the Broncos’ roster, namely some of his former teammates in Devontae Booker (running back) and Garett Bolles (left tackle).

Patrick was somewhat of a one-trick pony at Utah, showing off his size and speed on deep balls and playing a major role in their red zone offense. That one trick, however, is impressive.

Let’s take a look at the newest Broncos receiver…

Size/Athletic Measurables

6-foot-4, 208 pounds

40 yard dash: 4.47 seconds

Bench press reps: 22 (225 pounds)

Vertical jump: 37.5 inches

Stats at Utah (Senior season)

45 receptions, 711 yards (15.8 average), 5 touchdowns

At a Glance

Taking a quick look at Patrick, it’s clear that he does a couple of things very well. First and foremost, this guy is a size/speed freak. Not unlike Jordan Taylor coming out of Rice, Patrick has a long, almost wiry frame that allows him to make any sort of catch on balls thrown deep downfield.

He has the ability to blow the top off of a defense with his vertical speed, and can also win jump balls and contested passes in the red zone, using his height to his advantage.

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Where Patrick is considered raw by scouts is in his ability to run routes. He didn’t have to run too complicated a route tree while at Utah, using his speed and athleticism to beat defenders.

In the NFL, he’s going to need to become more refined in his routes and prove he can do more than just one thing well.

There was a player drafted this year by the Detroit Lions named Kenny Golladay who might be a decent comparison for Patrick. Golladay may not do everything well at this point, but he can beat you deep downfield and make big plays.

Patrick may take a little more time to develop than the third rounder Golladay, but he has some similar skills and size.

It’s unfortunate that River Cracraft wasn’t able to stick around, but Patrick has intriguing tools as well that are worth developing. They are polar opposites as prospects in terms of their skill package, but this is a fun move for the Broncos.