Denver Broncos 5 options at wide receiver after Jerry Jeudy injury

Denver Broncos, Jerry Jeudy - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Alright, enough is enough. For months, I have been calling for the Denver Broncos to truly fortify their depth at the wide receiver position. After the Tim Patrick injury, it was “next man up” and the Broncos did end up keeping undrafted rookie Jalen Virgil on their final 53-man roster. He’s been inactive for the first two games of the 2022 season.

After the team’s Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, KJ Hamler missed the entire week of practice with a very vague “we’re being safe” or “we’re being cautious” kind of excuse from the team after Hamler suffered significant knee and hip injuries early last season. Simply put, anything the Broncos get from Hamler this season will be nothing more than a cherry on top of whatever production they get at receiver.

In the team’s Week 2 victory over the Houston Texans, Jerry Jeudy was lost early to a shoulder injury. While it’s possible that Jeudy could be back as soon as Week 3, the evidence for the Broncos needing more help at the receiver position could not be more apparent. Courtland Sutton did all he could do to shoulder the load against Houston, and both Kendall Hinton and Tyrie Cleveland made some plays late, but the Broncos need receiver help. As in, STAT.

Denver Broncos WR options after Jerry Jeudy shoulder injury

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Denver Broncos should sign WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Let’s get this one out of the way quickly. Yes, the Denver Broncos should sign Odell Beckham Jr. Yes, everyone understands he’s not going to be ready to go until November at the earliest. The fact of the matter is, the Broncos’ receiver depth is going to continue to be tested. As of right now, we are officially a Courtland Sutton injury away from complete and utter madness at the position.

Signing Odell Beckham Jr. would do a few things for you. First of all, it would fortify your depth down the road this season. Second of all, it would give you another go-to receiver who can line up all over the formation to allow ultimate flexibility if you get everyone healthy. Third of all, banking on getting something out of Odell Beckham Jr., over the long haul of the NFL season at this point feels like a much more likely bet than getting something out of KJ Hamler.

I hate to even say that because I believe in Hamler’s abilities and I have loved what we’ve seen from him when he is able to stay healthy. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that since the handful of glimpses we got in his rookie season.

If I were George Paton, I would sign Beckham Jr. now as well as another receiver on this list so that you could have plenty of options as the season goes along.