Denver Broncos roster battle: Tyrie Cleveland vs. Tim Patrick

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 24: Tim Patrick #81 of the Denver Broncos signals during the fourth quarter of an NFL game Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on November 24, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo Bills defeated the Denver Broncos 20-3. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos will have a heck of a battle at the wide receiver position in 2020. We look at the battle between Tim Patrick and rookie Tyrie Cleveland.

The Denver Broncos have something at the wide receiver position they haven’t had since 2014:

Depth.

The Broncos enter their (virtual) offseason program with some of the best depth they have had at the wide receiver position since Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker/Emmanuel Sanders, and Wes Welker were running the show with Peyton Manning at the quarterback position.

Courtland Sutton is the team’s clear WR1 heading into his third NFL season and is coming off of a tremendous year with the Broncos in which he eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in perhaps the most impressive fashion any wide receiver could. There were not many receivers in the NFL who fabricated their offensive production quite like Sutton, whose inability to create separation as a rookie was something he dramatically improved in year two.

With the rookie duo of Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler expected to make a huge impact on the offense in 2020, what is to become of the Broncos’ other players at receiver?

DaeSean Hamilton has been a rumored potential cut candidate, but he might come out of camp ahead of KJ Hamler for the WR3 duties this season, his third in the NFL.

Behind those four players, the Broncos have a pretty open competition. One interesting potential battle for a roster spot could be between rookie Tyrie Cleveland and veteran Tim Patrick. Patrick was re-signed by the Broncos as an exclusive rights free agent. Cleveland was selected with the Broncos’ 9th of 10 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Let’s explore the reasons each player could make the roster and determine a verdict.

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