Denver Broncos: 11 young players to watch closely at training camp
3. Jerry Jeudy, WR (age: 22)
Jerry Jeudy struggled pretty badly with drops in his rookie season. After his first game against the Tennessee Titans, Jeudy noted that what he would remember most about his first-ever NFL game was just the drops.
It wasn’t the Monday Night Football spotlight, running out of the tunnel, or anything else.
It was the drops.
No one has been harder on Jeudy for the drops issue as a rookie than Jeudy himself. Already considered one of the league’s best route runners as a 22-year old sophomore, Jeudy has no trouble whatsoever getting open.
It doesn’t matter where he’s lined up — out wide or in the slot — Jeudy can really make even some of the best defensive backs in the league look silly.
That will be put to the test in training camp against one of the league’s best secondary units. If Jerry Jeudy can get open against the Denver Broncos’ secondary, which has four CB1 types right now, then we’ll all be able to see what treat we are in for in the 2021 season.
Jeudy, despite catching just 46 percent of his targets last season, wound up with 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns. His big-play ability is undeniable, but Jeudy is so underrated after the catch as well.
If the Denver Broncos can find a way to get that catch percentage up to 60-65 percent, look out.