The Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jedi realizes that the gap between his performance as a rookie and the explosive 2021 season that many have predicted is very small.
Therefore, Jeudy redoubled his efforts to improve his game.
The 22-year-old is known as an elite base runner from Alabama. As a rookie, he demonstrated this ability with 856 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. But Jeudy insisted that he took the details of the route operation to another level this summer.
“When it comes to route running, you have to know when and where (cutting), and where you are improving (quarterback),” Jeudy said. “This is my biggest improvement this year-knowing the schedule of the route and where I am in the course of the route.”
Jeudy plans to combine his improved route operation with a deep understanding of Pat Shurmur’s offense.
Last year, the 15th overall pick had some shining points, such as his 92-yard touchdown catch against the Raiders in Week 17, which is the longest TD catch in the NFL in 2020. And he showed the ability to become an organizer in the 7th place. The league received 16.5 yards per game.
But his season was spoiled by obvious rookie mistakes.
Jeudy had the team’s 10 highest losses, including 5 in Week 15, and after losing to Kansas City in Week 12 on Twitter (then deleted) “At least I got my training”, he also So it became the focus. One catch five yards.
“I understand offense better now,” Jeudy said. “Once I get used to it, I will be (really) good.”
It may be helpful for the new starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to pass the ball to him, and Courtland Sutton’s recovery from an ACL injury should also help, which will provide him with more single reporting opportunities. In 15 starts in Carolina last year, Bridgewater ranked fifth among the starting quarterbacks with a completion rate of 69.1.
Considering that Jeudy achieved only 46% of the 113 goals in 2020-compared with Stefon Diggs (Stefon Diggs) of Buffalo, who led the NFL last year, the latter’s shooting percentage was 76.5%-Broncos Hope that the stability of Bridgewater will increase Jeudy’s output.
“(Considering) Jeudy is 22 years old, (KJ’s second-year classmate) Hamler is 22 years old, and we have a second-year center,” Shurmur said. “For someone like Teddy, I think he can stabilize this offense because I think this offense is really talented.”
Head coach Vic Fangio responded to Shurmur’s optimism and pointed out that Jeudy is paying more and more attention to the Broncos’ offseason plan and throughout the training camp.
“He will have a very good year for us,” Fangio said. “This will translate into statistics. You never know, but he is now a more mature player. He knows what he has done in our system and has gained from experiencing the same offense during the NFL season and two consecutive years. More confidence.”
Jeudy’s preseason performance provided encouraging early returns. In the first two games, not only did Jeudy look undetected against the benches of the Vikings and Seahawks (Jeudy only played 8 fast breaks in the third preseason), but he also showed His elusiveness in the open field increased.
His only catch in Minnesota was a 33-yard gain of 24 yards, and the first of his two catches in Seattle was a 35-yard gain of 19 yards.
The first real test came from the Giants’ season opener.