ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jerry Jeudy, for one, is glad the Denver Broncos are within the midst of a quarterback competitors.
It helps him preserve focus as he works to chop down on the dropped passes that plagued him throughout his rookie season in 2020.
Whereas followers are choosing sides — or praying that Aaron Rodgers arrives someday this summer season — Jeudy figures it advantages him to catch passes from each Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater throughout OTAs.
“Each of the fellows have a special kind of spiral and air to the ball,” Jeudy mentioned. “Drew has extra of a tough ball and Teddy is extra of a floater.
“You simply have to regulate to the sure manner they throw the ball. It’s a must to give attention to every particular person and catching the ball when it comes out of their fingers.”
Jeudy, the previous Alabama star and fifteenth total choose in final 12 months’s NFL draft, caught 52 passes for 856 yards and three touchdowns, effectively shy of expectations.
Considered one of the best route runner to come back out of school in at the very least a decade, Jeudy proved his fingers weren’t fairly as prepared for the NFL highlight.
He had two essential drops in a season-opening loss to Tennessee and dropped a half-dozen passes in a 19-16 loss to the Chargers in Week 16.
Coach Vic Fangio declared afterward that he hoped that may be a “defining second” in Jeudy’s profession. Jeudy responded with a season-high 140-yard recreation in opposition to the Raiders in Week 17 that included a 92-yard TD, the longest move play within the league in 2020.
Jeudy informed The Related Press in February that his bounce-back recreation in opposition to the Raiders helped him clear his thoughts heading into the offseason.
Jeudy mentioned he was typically too desperate to get downfield and make the play and didn’t first safe the ball.
“I’m so fast to catch and run to rush up and make a play as a substitute of catching first, then run,” he mentioned. “That’s principally what’s. Simply making an attempt to make a play too quick and never specializing in the larger image, which is catching the ball first.”
There’s been no trace of that thus far this 12 months.
Throughout 7-on-7 drills this week, Jeudy persistently burst by way of Denver’s beefed-up secondary — which incorporates Alabama teammate, and this 12 months’s high choose, cornerback Patrick Surtain II — to haul in passes from both quarterback and draw back from defenders in futile pursuit.
“He’s simply including on from final 12 months,” cornerback Bryce Callahan mentioned. “His releases are wanting nice and his routes are wanting crispy. He’s catching the ball. It’s all wanting good.”
Higher than good, really.
“I feel he’s in a much better place than he was final 12 months at the moment,” Fangio mentioned. “I feel an enormous factor that occurred with Jerry — like I informed you guys again when it occurred — within the fifteenth recreation final 12 months when he had some drops, I believed it was going to be a defining second in his profession and the way he performed the next week.
“Then in our final recreation, he had an excellent recreation and caught a bunch of balls for a bunch of yards. I feel that was a really defining second in his profession. I see a extra targeted and extra diligent receiver on the main points. He is aware of he can’t slack. I see a way more mature man proper now.”
A few of his progress is pure, a few of it’s onerous work.
“You don’t know what you’re getting your self into your first 12 months of doing one thing. That is my second 12 months and I really feel like I’ve realized lots from my first 12 months,” Jeudy mentioned. “I understand how to beat no matter I had in previous years to make this 12 months higher.”
Broad receiver Tim Patrick, who didn’t drop a single move final season, mentioned he, too, sees a a lot completely different Jeudy in 2021.
“He needs to be nice actually unhealthy,” Patrick mentioned after follow Wednesday. “Going into 12 months 2, I’ve mentioned it already, Jerry Jeudy is admittedly good. Like actually, actually good. So, I feel for him it’s simply all psychological at this level.
“He is aware of he can get open in opposition to anyone on this league and now it’s simply on the level that he simply has to place it on movie and remind them who he’s, and that’s it.”
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Arnie Stapleton, The Related Press