Jerry Jeudy, Javonte Williams and KJ Hamler of the Denver Broncos celebrate against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter of the pre-season on August 14, 2021.
Denver Broncos sophomore Jerry Jeudy is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after a devastating high ankle sprain in the Meadowlands in week 1. Although Broncos Country could find solace in Jeudy’s performance up to this point, so did the production of the supporting cast.
Jeudy collected the most yards (72) for Denver. Tight end Noah Fant was just behind, with six receptions for 62 yards. The Broncos buried the Giants with a steady run game, behind Melvin Gordon’s 101-yard, 11-carry performance and a 10-minute ball possession advantage.
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Broncos fans loved quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s game, his distribution of the football was almost critical and should bode well for Week 2 in Jacksonville. The former Carolina signaler threw passes at nine different pass catchers. Jeudy and Fant aside, here’s who got the brick for the Broncos:
None of these numbers are particularly noticeable, but the ability to split the ball has never been more critical given the # 10 injury. Jeudy’s presence is missed, but if the offense can collaboratively fill the void, wins should pile up.
The Alabama product’s sprained ankle may supposedly be a huge loss, but Broncos head coach Vic Fangio played the Down the impact it will have on the offense.
“I don’t think it will change that,” said Fangio on September 15 on Broncos.com. “Of course we’ll miss Jerry, and that obviously hurts us. KJ, Tim [Patrick], Courtland [Sutton], Kendall [Hinton], “Spence” (Diontae Spencer) – they’ll be able to go in there and fill the void. Jerry had one hell of a camp, as you all have noticed. He had a really good game the other day and we will miss him if he fails. ”
Hamler had an electric preseason and should have crowned Sunday’s performance with a touchdown, if not for an inexplicable drop. Despite the disappointment, Broncos teammates rallied around the Penn State product.
“Everyone else [supported] and encouraged him,” said Fangio. “He knows. He’s disappointed that he dropped it. He just has to have the attitude that I can’t wait for the next one to catch him. All the big ones have dropped their passports. That’s how you react to them.”
Hamler played critical games and showed the Broncos his worth the entire time, including a big catch in 3rd and 5th place with Denver only 10-7 ahead.
“He’s a special player, he’s here for a reason, “Bridgewater told Reporters Week on September 15th.
” We don’t need him to come and try to be something he isn’t, and he doesn’t have to be that way pretend he is something he is not. If KJ can be the best version of KJ, he will help this offensive and he will continue to grow in the system and in this league. “
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When Jeudy goes out, Hamler gets the opportunity to fill in his footsteps. “He will probably get more playing time,” said Fangio. “Yes, he will get more playing time and I thought he played well. He had the drop, but it wasn’t an easy catch. He’s going to get the next one. ”
Hamler himself presented himself to the media on September 15 and told how he dealt with the dropped touchdown pass. “I was disappointed with the decline,” said Hamler. “Even at training camp, I don’t drop ‘tuds’ and deep balls and the like.
“ I came out of here on Monday and told one of the assistants to just throw 100 balls over my shoulder, deep balls. The wind was blowing the same as it was in New York, so it was kind of perfect. So just to get this repetition so I don’t let it go again because that’s not my strong point. ”
Hamler is determined, both in will and in words, to prove his worth to the team that made him NFL draft 2020 in 46th place overall.
“I want to be a playmaker for the team. That’s why I’m always in Teddy’s ears, searching his brain and asking what he wants on certain routes … You can rely on me to do this job and do this job. “