The AFC West seems to be a gauntlet of a division and the Denver Broncos are poised to fight past it with quarterback Russell Wilson.
Broncos general manager George Paton takes over in 2021 and has replenished the brand with quality players, young and old.
With a winning squad, there will be a number of players keeping an eye on their careers if they don’t do well in 2022.
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Mike Evans of Mile High Huddle wrote an article about three veterans who will be tested “under high pressure” for the upcoming season. He’s put outside queue runner Malik Reed, 2020 wide pick recipient Jerry Jeudy, and wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland into that category.
Reed has been productive since he signed with the Broncos as an untrained free agent in 2019. As a rookie, Reed made eight starts and posted 27 combined tackle and two bags. In 2020, he led the Broncos in sacks (8.0) and collected 33 pressures. Last season, he saw plenty of game time due to injury and the departure of Von Miller as well as the injury of Bradley Chubb. Reed drew five sacks and also led the Broncos in pressure (22).
However, Evans thinks the addition of Randy Gregory and second-round draft pick Nik Bonitto could force Reed’s game time back.
“After signing Gregory, Paton has yet to complete a hasty midfield reload, draft Nik Bonitto in the second round and move Baron Browning from the inside out,” Evans wrote. “Reed is a player the new defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero can count on. Reed understood his mission and played at a steady level. Unless the Grim Reaper is injured again, Reed won’t be fighting for game time.”
Cleveland and Jeudy’s situation is a little different. Cleveland was a seventh-round pick in 2020 and was primarily used as a special team in 2021. Jeudy, who was drafted 15th in 2020, fell short of his expectations when he was. miss seven games in 2021 due to an ankle injury and COVID-19 persists. He caught 90 tackles and 1,323 yards in his first two seasons and didn’t score a single goal last season.
But all that is a thing of the past now. With Wilson entering the game, Jeudy is delighted that the 33-year-old midfielder will lead the team forward.
“Every detail matters to him,” Jeudy said at his youth soccer camp, via ABC 7 Denver’s Troy Renck. “You learn a lot, how hard he works and how focused he is on the pitch and on the board. You realize how tightly locked he is. I have learned a lot. He is a great midfielder. I’m excited to play with him.”
Important year for Jeudy
Jeudy is currently the #2 extender on the depth chart with Courtland Sutton up front and Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler and Cleveland behind him. Harris doesn’t believe there’s any chance that Jeudy won’t be with the Broncos during the 2022 season.
However, Harris added that “seats could warm up a bit because the Broncos didn’t see the expected output of a previous No.15 draft pick.”
The Broncos have never seen Jeudy score 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons with Alabama. Fortunately for Jeudy, the inconsistent midfield play from the previous Broncos Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater will not be evident to Wilson.
The 33-year-old is the only full-back to have rated more than 100 passers in each of the past four seasons, follow the NFL on CBS.
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