ENGLEWOOD, Colo .– Jerry Jeudy of the Denver Broncos is just your friendly neighborhood receiver trying to turn his lightning and wrestling blitz rookie season into so much more.
Jeudy is often frugal with his words, but his actions – in the form of training videos – speak volumes. The last offseason was his feet. This offseason, on social networks, we can see Jeudy sprinting in the middle of his neighborhood with a Broncos helmet.
“What happened was … I was training and I was like, ‘Man, I need some conditioning’ [and] I was already home when I thought about it, “Jeudy said.” I was like, “I need more conditioning.” I just put on my helmet, got out and I went. ran. That was essentially it. I hadn’t planned on going outside for a run. It just happened like that. … the neighbors came [out] as you can see from the video. “
The video provides a look at Jeudy’s offseason as he tries to turn a mostly productive rookie season into something much more suited to him in 2021. Jeudy finished with 52 catches for 856 yards and three touchdowns last season. . His yards total was fourth among a historic rookie receiving class, behind Justin Jefferson (1,400 yards), Tee Higgins (908) and Chase Claypool (873). And his average yards per catch – 16.5 – was second among rookies, behind only Gabriel Davis (17.1).
He’s also had more than a few drops, including five cringe-worthy in a Week 16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
“I think a great thing happened with Jerry – like I told you when it happened – in the 15th game of last year when he had a few drops in that game, I thought it was going to be a defining moment in his career, ”Broncos coach Vic Fangio said in recent days. “… Then in our last game he played a really good game and caught a bunch of balls for a bunch of yards. I think that was a very defining moment in his career. I see a more focused receiver and more diligent about the details. He knows he can’t relax. I see a much more mature guy right now. “
Part of the optimism is that Jeudy, dripping or not, seems to have handled the hardest part of being a rookie catcher in the league – running routes with enough precision to create space against cornerbacks. more physical than the NFL. It has opened up against frontline cornerbacks on several occasions, even after Courtland Sutton was no longer in the lineup due to a Week 2 knee injury. With Sutton out, Jeudy s’ is often found followed by cornerback # 1.
“I think he handled it well,” said Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick. “Obviously he could have handled it better at times, but he was a rookie. He puts a lot on his shoulders, and he wants to be super really bad. Things happen. Going into year 2 – I have it. Already said, Jerry Jeudy is really good, really, really good. For him everything is mental at this point. He knows he can open up against anyone in this league. “
“[It’s] mostly focus and focus on the ball, ”said Jeudy. “I’m so quick to catch and run that I just hurry up and play instead of catching first and then running. That’s mostly what is, trying to play too fast. “
In the end, it was the big picture to take away across the board. No one, with Jeudy in the lead, was happy with the drops, especially the variety that was in their hands. Not from a guy caught with the 15th pick in the draft.
But Jeudy’s five-catch, 140-yard performance in the season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders, seven days after what we’d called the worst day of his footballing life, included a 92-yard touchdown. It was the longest passing game in the league last season.
Jeudy said he made that closing game of his rookie season part of his offseason work. He said he thinks he has a better idea of the nuances of each passing game and how he fits in with Sutton, who is also expected to reprise a leading role in the passing game.
“I feel like I’ve matured,” Jeudy said. “You don’t know what you’re getting into [during] your first year doing something. This is my second year and I feel like I learned a lot from my first year. I know how to overcome everything I have had in recent years to make this year a better one. “