Patrick underwent surgery Monday to repair his torn ACL, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The surgery was deemed a success, and Patrick now faces a long recovery period that should have him on track to be fully recovered around the start of OTAs in 2023. The lost season is a disappointment for the reliable wideout with the Broncos offense projected to take a major step forward with Russell Wilson at quarterback. In his absence, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler can expect to see even more opportunities in Denver's new look passing attack.
Aug 11, 2022 4:15 PM EST
The Broncos have placed Patrick (knee) on injured reserve, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: As a result, Patrick -- who suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's practice -- is not eligible to return during the 2022 season. In his absence, KJ Hamler, who is bouncing back from a knee injury of his own, should have an opportunity to see an increased profile in the Broncos' offense behind the team's top wideout options, Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy. Beyond that trio, Kendall Hinton, Montrell Washington, Kaden Davis, Travis Fulgham, Tyrie Cleveland, Jalen Virgil, Seth Williams, Trey Quinn and Brandon Johnson are candidates to secure depth spots in Denver's WR corps.
Aug 3, 2022 2:17 PM EST
Tests have reportedly revealed that Patrick suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's practice, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Patrick now in line to miss the 2022 season, KJ Hamler -- who's bouncing back from a knee injury of his own -- is thus a candidate to see added pass-catching opportunities behind Denver's top wideout duo of Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.
Aug 2, 2022 2:03 PM EST
Patrick is scheduled for an MRI on his knee after leaving practice early Tuesday morning, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Patrick was carted off the field and didn't put any weight on his right leg. Coach Nathaniel Hacckett confirmed after practice that the 6-4 wideout is being evaluated for a knee injury, while fellow receiver KJ Hamler was just activated from the PUP list nearly 11 months after suffering a knee injury of his own. The Broncos hope Patrick's setback isn't nearly as serious, but they do at least have impressive WR depth to mitigate the impact if he does miss time.
Aug 2, 2022 11:17 AM EST
Patrick was carted off the field Tuesday after suffering a possible knee injury, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Per Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Patrick wasn't putting weight on his right leg as he was helped into trainer's room. If the wideout is forced to miss time, added opportunities would presumably be available for KJ Hamler, who is bouncing back from a knee injury, but was activated from the active/PUP list Monday.
Aug 2, 2022 10:26 AM EST
The Broncos converted $6.9 million of Patrick's roster bonus to a signing bonus Friday to create roughly $4.6 million in salary cap space, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Patrick's restructured deal comes just four months after signing a three-year, $29.25 million contract with the Broncos in November. The additional salary cap room will allow Denver to remain active as the team looks to improve the roster heading into next season. The veteran wideout caught 53 of 85 targets for 734 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games last season. The acquisition of Russell Wilson at quarterback marks a significant upgrade at the position and should provide Patrick the opportunity to take a step forward in the offense in 2022.
Mar 21, 2022 7:08 AM EST
Patrick brought in six of 10 targets for 95 yards in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday.
Analysis: Patrick made a remarkable return from a one-game absence on the COVID-19 list, leading the Broncos in receptions, receiving yards and targets. The strong effort was a strong turnaround for Patrick in what had been a lackluster second half of the season, and his production allowed him to set a new career high in receptions (53) while falling just eight yards short of the career-best 742 receiving yards he'd recorded in 2020. Patrick now has consecutive 50-plus-catch campaigns, but he'll likely have to battle KJ Hamler (IR-knee) for the No. 3 receiver role in 2022.
Jan 8, 2022 5:38 PM EST
Patrick (illness) has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: The same applies to Jerry Jeudy (illness), who also came of the list Wednesday, which sets the stage for the two players to return to action for Saturday's game against Kansas City, bolstering a wideout corps that was headed by Courtland Sutton in Week 17. With Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) on IR, the trio are in line to catch passes in Denver's season finale from QB Drew Lock, who's expected play through a shoulder issue this weekend.
Jan 5, 2022 12:05 PM EST
Head coach Vic Fangio said that Patrick (illness) and none of the other Denver players who were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list since Tuesday will be available for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Among the 14 players currently on the COVID-19 list, Fangio is leaving the door open for only linebacker Andre Mintze and defensive lineman Mike Purcell -- who were deactivated Monday -- to return this weekend. Patrick is among the 12 other Denver players who will sit out the Week 17 due to virus-related protocols, along with fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy. With Patrick and Jeudy sidelined and Courtland Sutton (illness) listed as questionable but at risk of sitting out Sunday, Denver could be down to Kendall Hinton, Diontae Spencer and practice-squad call-ups Travis Fulgham and Seth Williams as its options at receiver this weekend.
Dec 31, 2021 3:18 PM EST
Patrick was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and isn't expected to play this Sunday against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official website reports.
Analysis: Assuming Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy make it through the week healthy, the Broncos have Diontae Spence and Kendall Hinton as options for the No. 3 receiver role, in addition to the possibility of more playing time for talented backup tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. Patrick might technically have a shot to return by Sunday, but Broncos coach Vic Fangio doesn't expect that to happen.
Dec 29, 2021 1:31 PM EST
Patrick (undisclosed) is in line to be placed on the reserve/ COVID-19 list, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: A transaction to confirm that outcome is thus looming and once that occurs, Patrick will need to clear the NFL's COVID protocols in order to be cleared to play again. Candidates to fill in for him as the Broncos' No. 3 WR are Kendall Hinton and Diontae Spencer.
Dec 29, 2021 10:33 AM EST
Patrick caught two of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Patrick had a rough game, much like most of the Denver pass catchers in the contest. With Drew Lock under center, the team struggled to move the ball through the air and on the ground. What's promising is that Patrick was on the field for 88 percent of the team's offensive snaps. The veteran wideout's usage has been a pleasant surprise in 2021, but it has not translated to consistent fantasy production. Regardless of who is starting at quarterback, Patrick will be hard to trust when the Broncos visit the Chargers in Week 17.
Dec 29, 2021 7:18 AM EST
Patrick caught three of four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Patrick's 25-yard touchdown grab on a pass from Drew Lock was the Broncos' only trip to the end zone against the Bengals. With the score, the veteran wideout now has five touchdowns on the season. The Broncos passing game has struggled throughout the year, but Patrick's usage is encouraging. He has seen five targets in his last three games, and in Week 15, played on 94 percent of Denver's offensive snaps. With that said, there's a strong chance that the Broncos' struggles through the air will continue with Lock likely under center for a Week 16 matchup against the Raiders. Patrick will be difficult to trust in a pivotal week for fantasy.
Dec 21, 2021 7:27 AM EST
Patrick secured two of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Patrick has done little over the past four games in the Broncos underwhelming passing attack, averaging two catches and roughly 17 yards in that stretch. It will be very difficult to rely on him in the fantasy playoffs, even in deep leagues, as the Broncos' passing offense continues to underwhelm. Patrick and the Broncos get a matchup against the Bengals in Week 15.
Dec 14, 2021 8:30 AM EST
Patrick caught one of five targets for nine yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Patrick struggled to get anything going against the Chiefs, which is not surprising as the No. 3 wideout in a below average passing offense. He did, however, play the second most offensive snaps of any Denver wide receiver. Patrick's 67 snaps were just one behind Courtland Sutton, but 11 snaps ahead of Jerry Jeudy. Even with his high snap percentage, the 6-foot-4, 212-pounder is difficult to trust for fantasy purposes barring an injury to either Sutton or Jeudy. Patrick and the Broncos offense will face the Lions in Week 14.
Dec 7, 2021 5:14 AM EST
Patrick caught two of three targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: None of the Broncos' big three wideouts reached 30 receiving yards in the game, as Denver's defense and running backs carried the day. Patrick has managed only five grabs for 40 yards over the last two games, a downturn he'll look to break out of in Week 13 against Kansas City.
Nov 28, 2021 7:18 PM EST
Patrick and the Broncos agreed Friday on a three-year, $30 million contract extension, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The deal includes $18.5 million guaranteed and is a nice early birthday present for Patrick, who turns 28 next week and hadn't previously had much financial security since entering the NFL in 2017 as a undrafted free agent out of Utah. He played his way on to Denver's Week 1 roster in 2018 and has emerged as a key cog in the team's pass-catching group over the past three-plus seasons. Patrick has appeared in all 10 of Denver's games thus far in 2021, producing 37 receptions for 523 yards and four touchdowns on 53 targets.
Nov 19, 2021 4:37 PM EST
Patrick secured three of his six targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: After leading the Broncos in receiving in a Week 10 win over Dallas, Patrick crashed back down to Earth with an underwhelming performance against the Eagles. Though his 14 yard total was the lowest of any Broncos receiver, Patrick's six targets were tied for the second-highest on the team. The veteran also played on 53 of the team's 58 offensive snaps, ahead of Jerry Jeudy (45) and just behind Courtland Sutton (55). The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder has shown that he can be a reliable playmaker for Teddy Bridgewater, but his path to consistent fantasy production doesn't exist in Denver's offense. Patrick will head into a Week 11 bye with the hopes to bounce back against the Chargers on Nov. 28.
Nov 16, 2021 5:14 AM EST
Patrick (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Patrick carried a questionable tag after finishing the week with two limited practices, but he'll be available in his No. 3 receiver role Sunday. The 27-year-old has seemingly benefited from less defensive attention the last two games with fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy back in action, as Patrick has produced a 7-149-1 line on eight targets over that span.
Nov 14, 2021 12:08 PM EST
Patrick (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: The Broncos have taken identical approaches with Patrick and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, both of whom are dealing with knee injuries. Neither practiced Wednesday, but both the wide receiver and tight end have logged consecutive limited sessions since. If he suits up, Patrick will work as the Broncos' No. 3 receiver behind Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton
Nov 12, 2021 1:09 PM EST
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