Jerry Jeudy named potential breakout player for 2021 season
Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was the second player at the position to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, just behind Henry Ruggs, taken by the Raiders.
Jeudy finished with 404 more yards (856) than Ruggs (452), and 26 more receptions.
Bleacher Report has listed Jeudy as the Broncos’ potential breakout star for the 2021 season.
Along with B/R, Pro Football Focus includes Jeudy as one-of-six 2020 rookies who could breakout in 2021.
Anthony Treash even goes as far as saying that he bets that Jeudy will become a top-10 wide receiver in years to come. Wouldn’t that be amazing, Broncos Country?
Jeudy was the team’s most-targeted wide receiver in 2020, and it wasn’t really even close. He was targeted 113 times, while tight end Noah Fant was targeted 93 times, and wide receiver Tim Patrick was targeted 79 times.
The Broncos will enter year No. 2 in the same offense in 2021, with Pat Shurmur being retained.
Denver also will get Courtland Sutton back after he missed most of the 2020 season due to a torn ACL.
Hypothetically, that would lead one to believe that Jeudy could have the better season of the two wideouts because of the fact that he actually played a lot more. Sutton’s injury occurred in week 1 after he caught three passes for 66 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It would also make sense if we saw Jeudy have a better season than Sutton because it would have been a year or so since Sutton was on the football field for a game.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding quarterback Drew Lock and where the team stands with him. In order for Jeudy to have a breakout season, Lock is going to have to play to the best of his ability—something we got to see during his first five games in the league in 2019.
Another factor that will play a part in whether or not Jeudy has a breakout year is the play-calling from offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. There were questions about whether or not Shurmur was the right coach for the job. The fact is that 2020 was just the first year with him, Lock, Jeudy, and other young core players on the offensive side of the ball.
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It would not surprise me if Jeudy ends up having a tremendous sophomore season with the Broncos.