Denver Broncos GM With a Message of Tough Love For Franchise’s WRs: “They Have to be Better and They Know That”

Published 03/02/2022, 6:30 AM EST

The Denver Broncos have some new prospects and a few things to work on before the regular season in 2022. During their previous run, a few of the athlete lineups have underperformed in their games; and the franchise wants to make sure that they are returning in their appropriate play mode.

Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Tim Patrick were among the club’s wideouts at the time, and they behold a great deal of potential. Despite the fact that they have been with the squad for a long time, they have been experiencing problems and have been unable to offer their all.


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Broncos General Manager George Paton has assessed the situation and believes that adjustments need to be made as soon as the regular season begins. The GM recently spoke to the Denver Post to address the situation.

Paton expressed, “They all need to play better and they want to be great. They’re all really talented. We need to be better around them. We need to get the best out of them. You can’t point to one thing — you can’t point to the quarterback [or] the scheme. They have to be better and they know that. But they’re hungry and they’re prideful.”

One of the prime causes of such inconsistency among the wideouts can be the injuries they returned from, as Jerry Judy returned from his high-ankle knee sprain suffered in week-1, and Sutton missed the majority of the 2020 season due to an ACL tear. Even KJ Hamler, Broncos’ fourth receiver, tore his ACL in the Week-3 game and was narrowed to 88 snaps. Furthermore, Paton calls it a “long shot” for him to take part in the upcoming cohesive team activities.


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Is the quarterback also to be blamed?


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The other cause of the failing receivers can be the problem with the uneven quarterback-wideout in-game connection. With 47 catches and one touchdown by Tim Patrick, the Broncos’ top three receivers performed subpar in the final few games; Only ten of their receptions gained at least 16 yards. The Broncos finished with a 7-10-0 record, standing fourth in the NFC West division.

The Broncos have lost five of their past six games in 2021, including four in a row, which put their playoffs aspirations in jeopardy. However, in six games, the quartet of wide receivers combined totaling 41 catches for 541 yards and one touchdown. George Paton signed in Courtland Sutton in a four-year, $60 million contract, while Tim Patrick inked a three-year, $30 million contract with the franchise ahead of free agency. For the 2022 season, the team is also looking for a new quarterback.


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Even though the receivers couldn’t hold their own against the division’s best, they have the capability of being standouts in the year 2022. As the crew trains for the upcoming season, head coach Nathaniel Hackett must establish the offensive line-ups.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.