Jerry Jeudy Is Going to Go off With Russell Wilson as the Denver Broncos QB

The Denver Broncos finally have a quarterback in Russell Wilson; ergo, Jerry Jeudy finally has himself a quarterback as well.

Whether you’re into betting, fantasy football, or just straight-up love NFL football for the old-school heck of it, Jeudy is a name to watch in 2022 and beyond.

The Denver Broncos finally have themselves a quarterback: Russell Wilson

It’s been a long time coming for the Broncos. The team has been desperate in its search for a quarterback ever since Peyton Manning led the organization to a win in Super Bowl 50. He lived the dream of going out on top as he rode off into the sunset with his second Lombardi Trophy draped across his shoulder. It was iconic, both for Manning and the Broncos. Denver is an organization that knows a thing or two about Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks (see: Elway, John).

Since then, though, Denver has been a wasteland of quarterbacks. Ironically, it was Elway, as a general manager who was leading the zombie parade.

The list of starters in Denver since Manning retired includes Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Drew Lock, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskell, Brett Rypien, and Teddy Bridgewater.

They had to send a massive package to the Seattle Seahawks to get him, but the Broncos finally have their next Hall of Fame quarterback in Wilson.

No offense to the other quarterbacks mentioned, but he has a slightly more impressive resume with nine Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl Championship to boot.

Jerry Jeudy was a superstar at Alabama and can still be great

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos. His new quarterback is going to be Russell Wilson
Jerry Jeudy #10 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Kendall Sheffield #20 of the Atlanta Falcons. He has the opportunity to put up some huge numbers in 2022 with Russell Wilson at QB. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Broncos picked up Jeudy out of Alabama with the No. 15 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It was a stacked draft for wide receivers. Jeudy was the second wideout taken behind his Crimson Tide teammate Henry Ruggs III (to the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12), and CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys), Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings), Tee Higgins (Cincinnati Bengals), and Michael Pittman Jr. (Indianapolis Colts) were all taken shortly after.

Jeudy made sense for the Broncos. Frankly, he would have made sense for most teams. He was a 6-foot-1, 193-pound wide receiver with 4.45 40-yard-dash speed. He notched 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Alabama, with 2,478 yards and 24 touchdowns coming in his sophomore and junior seasons.

Even with Lock primarily throwing him the football in his rookie season, Jeudy showed flashes of what he can be as a pro. He caught 52 passes in 2020 for 856 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 16.5 yards per reception.

The 2021 season wasn’t great for Jeudy, but to be fair, it wasn’t great for the Broncos as a whole. They finished 7-10, last in the AFC West, and fired head coach Vic Fangio after just three seasons. Jeudy shockingly went touchdown-less for the whole season, but he did play in only 10 games because an ankle injury and COVID-19 essentially ruined the first half of his season. He also had to bounce between Lock and Bridgewater throwing him the football at the end of the year.

The Broncos finished the season on a four-game losing streak and had one of the worst offenses in the league in 2021 as a whole, scoring just 19.7 points per game.

Jeudy deserves his fair share of the blame for not finding the end zone with his opportunities, but with a defensive head coach, two sub-par quarterbacks, and Pat Shurmur calling the offense, what’s to be expected?

Jeudy has a chance at a breakout year with Wilson at quarterback

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy #10 of the Denver Broncos lines up during the game against the New England Patriots. Jeudy will benefit greatly from having Russell Wilson at QB. | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The 2022 season will be the year of Jerry Jeudy. Write it down. Take it to the bank. Call your bookie or your momma…whoever picks up first.

Jeudy finally has himself a quarterback who can get him the ball. He also finally has a coach who knows how to run a proper offense in Nathaniel Hackett, who has helped Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers do great things over the past few seasons in Green Bay.

The key for Jeudy really is Wilson, though. We’re talking about one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the game with a knack for both finding receivers while on the run or simply just tossing beautiful deep balls and letting them make a play.

The great thing about Jeudy is he’s exactly the type of receiver that a quarterback loves. He can do everything. From simple five-yard outs to the deep post, Jeudy has a bit of everything in the bag. He’s a lot like Davante Adams in a sense, though he can stand to put on a bit more muscle like Adams has throughout his career.

The comparison is there from a route-running perspective, though, and it’s also there when you’re talking bout a receiver who can get open all over the field. Whether it’s short, intermediate, or deep, Jeudy has shown the ability to be “the guy” who can make every play.

Keep in mind Jeudy’s quarterback in 2018 was Tua Tagovailoa, and that was his best season in college with 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. Tagovailoa is far from Wilson as an NFL player, but they do have similar skillsets. That should translate well for Jeudy.

There’s also just the Wilson effect to consider. He made star receivers out of guys like Tyler Lockett (a third-round pick) and Doug Baldwin (undrafted). With that in mind, what will he be able to do with the 15th overall pick from just two drafts ago?

The Broncos have their quarterback. Jeudy has his quarterback.

All signs are pointing up.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac

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