Denver Broncos: 4 most overlooked players heading into 2021

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The Denver Broncos have the makings of being one of the league’s top up-and-coming teams.

A retooled roster complete with timely free-agent signings, intriguing draft picks and the return of Von Miller has fans in the Mile High City excited. But the roster also has some players that should be getting some more love.

In the NFL, it takes 53 players (at least) to go on a successful championship run. Every team has its superstars, but some of the guys that not as many people talk about are usually just as key to a team’s success.

The Broncos have four players that should be highly important to the team’s success in 2021 and as a result, should be getting a little more attention than they are at this point.

Tim Patrick, Wide receiver

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Behind only Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick should easily be considered the Broncos’ No. 3 option at wide receiver right now.

He is coming off of his best season in the league, catching 51 passes and finding the end zone six times last year. Of course, that was with Sutton out of the lineup for the entire season.

But Patrick is really starting to find a role in Denver. Now in his fifth season with the team, Patrick is a guy who can be a big target at 6-foot-4, especially in the red zone. He started to establish good chemistry with Drew Lock last season and should be a guy that contributes in a big way this season as well.

Because the Broncos have good depth at wide receiver, some may even see Patrick as a trade target.

Patrick went undrafted in 2017 and bounced around between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers before landing in Denver. His hard work has taken him from a roster bubble guy to one that is almost assured of a spot on the team going into 2021.