One of the other wide receivers to watch for the rest of the season is Jerry Jeudy. While being the most criticized player on the Denver Broncos, he has been the best receiver in the room. He has had 50 or more receiving yards in six of the nine games he has played, including the two games where he exited the game in the first quarter and did not return.
Before the freak injury he suffered against the Tennessee Titans, the connection between him and Wilson was heating up. Jeudy was becoming the “go-to” guy. The targets started to go in his favor more and it paid off. Jeudy has been the most efficient WR in the NFL against man coverage and is a big reason why Denver faces man coverage at the second-lowest rate too.
The narrative of Jeudy always dropping the ball has become old and not true no more as his drop rate has dropped significantly. The Chargers game in 2020 has become an outlier, in terms of his drops. Remove that outlier from his career, and Jeudy has a career drop rate of 4.3%.
Nonetheless, fans will still attack and wrongfully criticize Jeudy even though the stats that matter and (most importantly) the film say otherwise. Jeudy can be part of the solution going forward and it’ll be critical for him to continue to play well when he comes back from his injury.
In what may be a surprise to many, Calvin Anderson is one to watch as the season comes to an end. With the Garrett Bolles injury that happened earlier this year, Anderson has an opportunity to impress Paton and the front office at the left tackle position.
There have been rumblings that Bolles can be moved in the off-season, but Anderson has to be consistent and have the front office’s trust in order for it to happen. The film has shown flashes of him playing great, Anderson just needs to be more consistent.
Anderson is a much cheaper option at the position and who knows how Bolles will look coming back from a broken leg. Consistency is the biggest problem for Anderson and if he can improve it, the noise will be loud surrounding the left tackle position.