There will be at least one Fantasy manager in every draft who will ignore what happened in 2020 and want Jerry Jeudy on their roster. That's because the former ballyhooed prospect remains loaded with potential despite a cratered rookie season that included 12 drops (second-most in NFL), a 46% catch rate (third-worst among qualifying players) and just 3.3 receptions per game. The silver lining? Jeudy ranked sixth among wideouts with 1,529 air yards, sixth in receiving average with 16.5, and 19th with 5.46 yards after catch per reception. To reach his ceiling, Jeudy will have to outplay all of his teammates, including Courtland Sutton, and put up big numbers with the Broncos' inferior quarterbacks. It seems like the odds are against him, which is why anyone who does target him must do so after 75th overall on Draft Day -- perhaps higher only in long-term formats.
Jeudy is a candidate for a breakout season in Denver, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. Jeudy enters his second year with the Broncos with high expectations based on his rookie campaign. Despite dealing with a nagging ankle injury at times last season and playing with three different starting quarterbacks, Jeudy amassed 856 receiving yards in 2020. Looking ahead, the return of fellow wideout Courtland Sutton from an ACL injury should open up even more opportunities for Jeudy in the middle of the field, where his impressive skills as a route runner can shine. Though the Broncos still need to decide who will be delivering the ball to Jeudy and Co. in 2021, a noticeable step forward in production for the 22-year-old receiver is a plausible outcome.
Jeudy (illness) stood out at practice Wednesday in his return from a one-day absence, Taylor Brooks of Fox 31 Denver reports. Jeudy sat out practice Tuesday due to a stomach bug, but he displayed no ill effects when he returned to the field Wednesday. While Denver has yet to name a starting quarterback heading into Week 1, Jeudy and Courtland Sutton (knee) should give either Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater a dangerous wideout duo to work with.
Jeudy departed Tuesday's practice early due to a stomach issue, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic Jeudy's issue doesn't seem like a long-term concern, but it could prevent him from taking the field for some valuable minicamp time. Even if he does miss a couple days, Jeudy should be ready for the start of training camp as he gears up for his sophomore NFL campaign. He finished his rookie campaign with 52 catches for 856 yards and three touchdowns over 16 games, and a relatively normal offseason in 2021 should improve his odds of taking a step forward in his second season.
Jeudy hauled in 52 of 113 targets for 856 yards and three touchdowns while playing in all 16 games during the 2020 season. The first-round rookie arrived in Denver as a skilled route runner who was expected to make a splash in the NFL right away, and while his production was solid enough, the 21-year-old didn't quite dominate on the level some might have anticipated. Spotty quarterback play and Jeudy's own issues with drops -- his 8.8 percent drop rate was the 12th-highest in the NFL -- contributed to the wideout logging a league-low 52 receptions among all players who were targeted 100-plus times. Expect a rebound in 2021, as Jeudy will get his first full NFL offseason and the return of Courtland Sutton (ACL), who should take some of the pressure off the Alabama product.
Jeudy caught five of seven targets for 140 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Raiders. He also caught a two-point conversion. The rookie finally flashed the talent that made him the 15th overall pick in the 2020 draft, and his sensational 92-yard catch-and-run for a TD in the fourth quarter looked like it might prove to be the winning score before the Raiders struck back in the final minute. Jeudy finished an up-and-down season with a 52-856-3 line on 113 targets, but he didn't miss a game and could be poised to take a big step forward in Year 2, particularly if the Broncos find an upgrade over Drew Lock under center.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|18||01/09||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||113||52||856||3||39||16.46||105|