Patrick brought in seven of 10 targets for 85 yards in the Broncos' 20-14 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. He also rushed once for 11 yards and fumbled once, although it was recovered by the offense. Patrick co-led the Broncos in receptions while pacing the team in receiving yardage and targets, stepping to the forefront in the wake of Emmanuel Sanders' season-ending Achilles injury. The rookie brings excellent size at 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, and he displayed strong rapport with Case Keenum in the low-scoring loss. Patrick should be able to improve the more game reps he sees, potential he'll look to deliver on against the Browns in a Week 15 Saturday night matchup.
Patrick's teammate, Emmanuel Sanders, is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Patrick is thus likely in line for an uptick in usage. When the Broncos drafted Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in April, the thought was that they would be the receivers of the future. The future is now, as Demaryius Thomas was traded away in October and Sanders is now out for the year. While the focus will be on the rookies and veteran acquisition Andre Holmes, don't discount Patrick, who, while not a rookie, is getting the first in-game action of his career. Patrick has actually been targeted more than Hamilton this season, 11 passes to seven, and is averaging over 18 yards per reception in limited work. Expect the Broncos to continue trying to stretch the field vertically with Sutton and Patrick on the outside while Hamilton works more in the slot.
Patrick was unable to nab his lone target during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers. The catchless label is accurate but a little misleading: Patrick actually delivered on a clutch 11-yard reception with the Broncos driving in the game's final seconds but was called for a controversial offensive pass interference penalty after jostling with the defender for the ball. Still, Patrick looks like a WR3 for Denver at the moment, ranking third among the team's receivers with 27 snaps Sunday. That might increase if rookie DaeSean Hamilton (knee) misses time. Next up on Sunday is the Steelers' top-10-rated pass defense.
Patrick caught one of four targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to Houston. The departure of Demaryius Thomas didn't pay immediate dividends for Patrick as Denver focused targets on Jeff Heuerman, Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton. Patrick still seems like somebody who -- at 6-foot-5 -- could be a dangerous red-zone target. His role should shake out better after the bye, when fans will learn whether he or rookie DaeSean Hamilton settles into the No. 3 receiver role.
Patrick caught a 24-yard touchdown on his only target and added a 13-yard run during Sunday's 30-23 loss in Kansas City. Patrick capped off the Broncos' 75-yard, 49-second touchdown drive to end the first half, slipping behind the secondary for a wide-open touchdown. Following an impressive preseason, Patrick has been relegated primarily to special-teams duties this season. That might change with Demaryius Thomas now in Houston. One can easily picture a three-wide-receiver set in which Patrick and rookie Courtland Sutton are on the outside and veteran Emmanuel Sanders is in the slot. Next up is a Sunday showdown with a solid Houston pass defense.
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