|ADP:||Round: 14, Pick: 9|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 210 lb.|
|Born:||November 23, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
The Broncos extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent Patrick (foot) on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Denver's decision likely will stop other organizations from extending Patrick an offer sheet, but the wide receiver fared well in his third pro season in 2020, turning 79 targets into 51 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns. Furthermore, 23 of his 90 career receptions have gone for 20-plus yards, so he does boast field-stretching ability, despite mostly uneven quarterback play through three campaigns.
The Broncos are likely to place a second-round tender on restricted free agent Patrick (foot), Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: The move would help ensure Patrick remains a Bronco in 2021, as Denver would have the opportunity to match any offer the receiver attracts on the open market. Additionally, any bargaining team would have to surrender a second-round draft pick to the Broncos in order to acquire Patrick's services. During his third active pro season in 2020, Patrick composed three separate 100-yard receiving performances. His six receiving touchdowns, meanwhile, were twice as many as any other player on the team. Courtland Sutton's return from a torn ACL would likely dampen Patrick's target share. Then again, Patrick may benefit from more single-coverage situations if operating opposite Sutton and promising sophomore wideout Jerry Jeudy.
Broncos general manager George Paton stated the team intends to apply a restricted free agent tender to Patrick, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: Though Paton didn't go into details on the upcoming transaction, Renck expects Patrick to draw a second-round tender. With Courtland Sutton (knee) unavailable Weeks 3 through 17 of last season, Patrick stepped into a prime role in the Broncos' offense, nearly quadrupling his previous career high with 15 starts. The 27-year-old's six receiving scores led the team, while his 742 receiving yards were surpassed by only Jerry Jeudy. Patrick was forced to sit out Denver's season finale against Las Vegas because of a foot sprain, but he's expected to be recuperated in time for Broncos OTAs this spring. That is, so long as another team doesn't bite on the tender and extract Patrick from the team's receiving corps.
Patrick caught 51 of 79 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns during the 2020 campaign.
Analysis: Patrick was arguably the bright spot in what was a disappointing season in Denver. Though he topped 50 yards just four times, and never after Week 11, the former undrafted free agent was the Broncos' most consistent option and was a difference maker in wins against the Jets and Patriots. He should be tendered in restricted free agency, but expect a downtick in his contract season. Patrick benefitted from being WR2 through most of the season. That likely won't be the case with Courtland Sutton (2021) back in the fold and Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler with a year under their belts.
Patrick (foot) is nursing a sprain, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Patrick managed to avoid any sort of break in his foot, so he should be on track to fully recover in time for the beginning of Denver's offseason activities. The 27-year-old is coming off his best campaign as a pro, with 51 catches (79 targets) for 742 yards and six scores across 15 games. Perhaps even more impressively, Patrick had three performances with over 100 receiving yards in 2020.
Patrick (foot) won't return to Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Considering only modest QB play for Denver this season, Patrick put together a decent receiving line, hauling in 51 of 79 targets for 742 yards and six touchdowns in 15 contests. The extent of his foot injury isn't known, but coach Vic Fangio may provide some clarity on Patrick's health after this outing.
Patrick was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a foot injury, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: Before leaving the contest, Patrick caught two of his four targets for 46 yards. Now in the mix for Denver's Week 17 wide receiver targets are Jerry Jeudy, DaeSean Hamilton, Diontae Spencer and Tyrie Cleveland.
Patrick caught three of four targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Chargers.
Analysis: Patrick arguably made the play of the game Sunday for the Broncos. With the team down by 10 and facing fourth-and-seven at midfield midway through the fourth quarter, Drew Lock found Patrick over the middle and the Utah product broke upfield for a 27-yard gain. Denver punched it in four plays later. Patrick has been a rare bright spot for Denver's offense this season, ranking second on the team in catches and yards and first in touchdowns as an undrafted veteran on a team full of young, early-round picks. He'll have an opportunity to end the season on a high note against a struggling Las Vegas pass defense that gave up four catches for 61 yards to Patrick in Week 10.
Patrick caught three of four targets for 14 yards in Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Patrick has finished with fewer than 50 receiving yards in four straight games. While he rang up three touchdowns over the previous two outings, Saturday's game proved he's been dependant on the paydirt of late. Nevertheless, Patrick finished second among Broncos wide receivers in targets behind Jerry Jeudy (five). He'll face a tough test in Week 16, as the Chargers have given up just 206.5 passing yards per game (seventh-fewest in the league).
Patrick caught three of five targets for 36 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 32-27 win in Carolina.
Analysis: Patrick helped the Broncos take a two-score lead late in the third quarter, first with a nifty short-crosser into a wheel route that picked up 32 yards. Then, after a big gain on a tight-end screen, Patrick helped punch it in with a two-yard touchdown to the flat -- his third touchdown in his last two games and sixth of the season. The Utah product has averaged just 3.7 targets per game over the past three weeks -- down from 6.2 during his first nine outings of the season -- but remains the most consistent red-zone target on an offense that appears to be starting-and-stopping into form. Next up is a Buffalo pass defense that has ranked in the middle of the pack this season.
Patrick corralled all four of his targets for 44 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Patrick bounced back in a big way from an -- understandable -- zero-catch performance last week with a practice squad wide receiver under center for Denver. With Drew Lock (reserve/COVID-19) back in control, Denver's passing game got back on track and nearly upset an AFC powerhouse Kansas City squad on national television. Patrick played a big role in the valiant effort, hitting pay dirt twice and bringing his new career high mark up to seven scores on the year. The two-score game on Sunday Night Football may result in a spike in ownership for the 2018 undrafted wideout, but he had already been making a case for a spot on fantasy rosters with 17 receptions, 253 yards and three scores over his last four games with Lock under center. Patrick will get a chance to keep things rolling in a favorable matchup against Carolina in Week 14.
Patrick did not reel in either of his targets during Denver's 31-3 loss to New Orleans Sunday.
Analysis: Patrick had a nice little groove going coming into Sunday, coming off three straight games with at least four catches and a 119-yard performance against Miami. Obviously, COVID protocols threw a wrench into the works as the Broncos were forced to play undrafted rookie wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback. It's hard to take much from a game like that, so attentions should be focused on Drew Lock's return to the lineup for Sunday night's matchup in Kansas City. Patrick tallied three catches for 44 yards against the Chiefs in a Week 7 loss.
Patrick caught five of eight targets for 119 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Most of his production came on the final play of the game, when on fourth down the Broncos elected to run out the clock with a play and it turned into a 61-yard reception for Patrick. It's the third time this season he's topped 100 receiving yards in a game, and he continues to see steady target volume heading into Week 12's clash with the Saints.
Patrick reeled in four of six targets for 61 receiving yards during Sunday's 37-12 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Patrick concluded the divisional loss sitting in a four-way tie for the team lead in receptions, producing his greatest receiving output since posting back-to-back 100-yard performances Weeks 4 and 6 against the Jets and Patriots. With Courtland Sutton (knee) set to remain on IR for the rest of the 2020 campaign, Patrick stands as the No. 2 wideout for Denver heading into a Week 11 matchup against Miami's 21st-ranked pass defense.
Patrick (hamstring) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Patrick's hamstring injury limited him in practice this week, but he'll be available for quarterback Drew Lock in Las Vegas. Jerry Jeudy (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable, so it's possible that Patrick could see a slight uptick in offensive opportunities. He's only drawn less than five targets on two occasions this season.
Patrick (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: Patrick was limited all week leading up to this past Sunday's loss to the Falcons, a game in which he played 60 of the Broncos' 73 offensive snaps and recorded a 4-29-1 line. Provided he doesn't suffer a setback, Patrick should be ready to go for this Sunday's divisional tilt against the Raiders.
Patrick corralled four of his nine targets for 29 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: With Courland Sutton (knee) having been placed on injured reserve Sept. 21 because of ACL and MCL tears in his left knee, Patrick has stepped into the No. 2 wide receiver role for the Broncos. Thus far in 2020, the Utah product ranks third on the team in targets (42), behind only Jerry Jeudy (61) and Noah Fant (46), producing 383 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 27 catches. Patrick's nine targets placed behind Jeudy and KJ Hamler during a Week 9 loss to the Falcons, and his workload should remain ample for an upcoming Sunday matchup against the Raiders' 26th-ranked pass defense.
Patrick (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Analysis: After practicing on a limited basis throughout the week, Patrick will return to action after sitting out the Broncos' Week 8 win over the Chargers with the hamstring issue. Patrick, who has a pair of 100-yard receiving games on his resume this season, could be a worthy starting option this week while facing off against a porous Atlanta secondary.
Patrick (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, but head coach Vic Fangio said Friday that he believes the wide receiver will be able to play, Zac Stevens of DNVR Sports reports.
Analysis: Patrick has been limited in practice throughout the week after missing last week's game, but it appears his absence may be limited to just that one contest barring a setback in pregame warm-ups. Even at less than 100 percent, Patrick would have plenty of upside if he's able to suit up against a Falcons defense that's allowing over 300 passing yards per game.
Patrick (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Patrick was also listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated practice report, as he continues to nurse the hamstring injury that caused him to sit out Week 8. Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports that the Broncos are optimistic about Patrick's chances of suiting up in Atlanta on Sunday, and he'll get one more chance to prove his health during Friday's practice.
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