Denver Broncos: Jalen Virgil can help fix offensive woes

Denver Broncos, Jalen Virgil (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)
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Aug 5, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jalen Virgil (17) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

How he fits with the Denver Broncos

Before we draw up plays for Virgil, let’s take a look at some highlights of the other two and find some plays that can inspire our confidence in the rookie.

Percy Harvin

Cordarrelle Patterson

From those highlight videos, there are two distinct plays that I think the Broncos could draw up for Jalen Virgil ASAP.

The first would be the pitch play seen from both players.  Line up Virgil in the backfield and use a quick pitch to maximize his athleticism. Let him make the most of the space up the sideline. With his size and speed, it would be an easy way to generate yardage from the backfield, while giving the RB’s a minute to breathe.

The other notable play was at the 2:53 mark of Percy’s video. In that clip, Harvin took a quick screen pass in space and juked his way around the defenders for the score. Now, this example is an idyllic version of what this play would usually result in but it highlights the potential of what Virgil can do with this kind of play.

One final play that could be drawn up for Virgil is…A jet sweep. Yeah, that dreaded play we’ve tried to run with Noah Fant, Jeudy, etc. Unlike those who have attempted before him, Virgil is the kind of athlete that should be utilized on this play.

Jet sweeps are notorious for ending one of two ways.  If you’re going to dial up a boom or bust play like this, why not use an athlete that is adept at hurdling and striding with maximum speed? Jerry Jeudy is a great athlete, but he’s not the kind of person that can maximize a jet sweep. Jalen Virgil can be.