The Broncos' selection of receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in the first two rounds of the draft spells competition for Patrick in 2020, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Patrick missed the first half of the season with a broken hand, but he was serviceable down the stretch, catching at least three passes for at least 45 yards in three of seven games. The Broncos were bound to go wide receiver early in the draft, but two premium picks likely shakes up the depth chart. Assuming, as head coach Vic Fangio told reporters after Day 2 of the draft, that Diontae Spencer remains the preferred returner, Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton, Fred Brown and Juwann Winfree are all likely competing for two spots. Patrick has the advantage of being a special-teams ace and a clutch, big-bodied security blanket on third-and-short. Even if those skills keep him on the roster, however, the draft has likely pushed Patrick down from WR3 to WR4 or WR5.
Patrick will remain with the Broncos after the team placed a contract tender on the exclusive rights free agent Monday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. The 26-year-old was a solid contributor despite missing eight games with a hand injury, hauling in 16 of 31 targets for 218 yards in 2019. Patrick did emerge late in the season as a nice No. 2 option behind Courtland Sutton, but he'll likely face some competition from inside and outside sources heading into the 2020 season. Depending on how Denver handles it's receiver depth chart, Patrick could be in line for a depth spot and special-teams duties yet again.
Patrick caught 16 of 31 targets for 218 yards during an injury-shortened 2019 season. Patrick injured his hand early in Week 1's loss in Oakland and didn't return to action until Week 11 in Minnesota. He never came close to the 77 yards he picked up in that first game. Patrick was useful on third down, using his big frame to shield defenders and pick up first downs. He did not emerge as a consistent threat opposite Courtland Sutton, however, and will likely be met with some additional competition on the depth chart in 2020 should he return as an exclusive-rights free agent. Assuming Denver adds to the receivers room during the offseason, Patrick figures to be a down-roster receiver and special-teams ace in 2020.
Patrick caught five of six passes for 48 yards during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Lions. Patrick remains scoreless in an injury-shortened season and the yardage numbers haven't been great, but the Utah product remains key to Denver's third-down success. Patrick helped convert back-to-back third downs midway through the fourth quarter, setting up Phillip Lindsay's game-sealing touchdown run. Patrick is trending upward, as his five catches Sunday tied for the second most he's had in a game during his career. The 2019 season for Patrick and the Broncos ends with a matchup against Oakland's 25th-ranked pass defense.
Patrick caught three of seven passes for 26 yards during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City. Patrick made his mark midway through the second quarter, shielding his defender away to nab a 12-yard pass on third-and-long to move the chains. Though he hasn't put up big numbers, Patrick has routinely been a go-to target on third down since his return from a hand injury, and Sunday was no different with five of his seven targets coming on third or fourth down. Still, he somehow has four fewer targets than the struggling DaeSean Hamilton in Drew Lock's three starts. Even if that trend continues, look for Patrick to enjoy an uptick in production Sunday against Detroit's 31st-ranked pass defense.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|3 Year Avg||36||20||266||0||14||13.30||26|