Patrick concluded 2018 having caught 23 of 41 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown. He added 17 yards on three carries and fumbled twice, losing one.
With Denver drafting two receivers in each of the past two drafts, a youth movement was expected at wideout, but perhaps aside from 2018 second-round pick Courtland Sutton, none of them showed as much promise as Patrick, a 2017 undrafted free agent out of Utah. Patrick was primarily a special-teams contributor for most of the season, but came on strong during the season's final four games following the season-ending Achilles' injury to Emmanuel Sanders. Patrick averaged 4.75 catches and 60.5 yards off of 7.5 targets per game during the season's final quarter after tallying just four catches and 73 yards to that point. A healthy Sanders would certainly be a welcomed sight next season on a roster without many prominent targets, but it's not hard to imagine the future of Denver's passing game being built around two taller receivers (Patrick and Sutton) on the outside.
Patrick (knee) has returned to Sunday's game against the Chargers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Patrick briefly left the field during the second quarter of Sunday's season finale, then stormed out of halftime with a 21-yard reception. The 25-year-old returns to his role as the Broncos' No. 3 receiver.
Patrick is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a knee injury, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Patrick exited Sunday's season finale during the second quarter. As long as the 25-year-old remains sidelined, River Caracraft will slot in as Denver's No. 3 wideout.
Patrick caught three of five targets for 44 yards in Monday night's 27-14 loss to Oakland. He also lost seven yards on his lone rushing attempt.
Since reeling in a season-high seven of 11 targets for 85 yards Week 15, Patrick has slowly come back down to earth over the last two weeks, seeing decreased numbers across the board in successive games. It wasn't entirely his fault, though, as the Broncos were completely shut out in the first half and continued their sloppy play in the second. The 25-year-old will look to rebound at home Week 17 against the Chargers.
Patrick hauled in five of eight targets, registering a team-high 65 receiving yards during Saturday's 17-16 loss to the Browns.
The second-year man out of Utah has been surprisingly steady over the past two weeks, hauling in 12 of 18 targets for 150 receiving yards against Cleveland's and San Francisco's relatively inexperienced secondaries. Patrick may prove to be the Broncos wideout you want on your roster over the final two weeks of the regular season, as he ranks second behind DaeSean Hamilton in wide receiver targets since Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) went down due to injury, and clearly has earned Case Keenum's trust with two targets in crucial third-down situations Saturday. Week 16's matchup isn't scaring anyone off, as Patrick and the Broncos face an Oakland defense that's allowed a 100-yard receiving, multi-touchdown performance in back-to-back games (Travis Kelce with 168 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13, JuJu Smith-Schuster with 130 yards and two scores in Week 14).
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