|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 210 lb.|
|Born:||November 23, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
The Broncos' selection of receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in the first two rounds of the draft spells competition for Patrick in 2020, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Patrick missed the first half of the season with a broken hand, but was serviceable down the stretch, catching at least three passes for at least 45 yards in three of seven games. The Broncos were bound to go wide receiver early in the draft, but two premium picks likely shakes up the depth chart. Assuming, as head coach Vic Fangio told reporters after Day 2 of the draft, that Diontae Spencer remains the preferred returner, Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton, Fred Brown, and Juwann Winfree are all likely competing for two spots. Patrick has the advantage of being a special-teams ace and a clutch, big-bodied security blanket on third-and-short. Even if those skills keep him on the roster, however, the draft has likely pushed Patrick down from WR3 to WR4 or WR5.
Patrick will remain with the Broncos after the team placed a contract tender on the exclusive rights free agent Monday.
Analysis: The 26-year-old was a solid contributor despite missing eight games with a hand injury, hauling in 16 of 31 targets for 218 yards in 2019. Patrick did emerge late in the season as a nice No. 2 option behind Courtland Sutton, however, he'll likely face some competition from inside and outside sources heading into the 2020 season. Depending how Denver handles it's receiver depth chart, Patrick could be in line for a depth-receiver spot and special-teams duties in 2020.
Patrick caught 16 of 31 passes for 218 yards during an injury-shortened 2019 season.
Analysis: Patrick injured his hand early in Week 1's loss in Oakland and didn't return to action until Week 11 in Minnesota. He never came close to the 77 yards he picked up in that game. Patrick was useful on third down, using his big frame to shield defenders and pick up first downs. He did not emerge as a consistent threat opposite Courtland Sutton, however, and will likely be met with some additional competition on the depth chart in 2020 should he return as an exclusive-rights free agent. Assuming Denver adds to the receivers room during the offseason, Patrick figures to be a down-roster receiver and special-teams ace in 2020.
Patrick caught five of six passes for 48 yards during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Patrick remains scoreless in an injury-shortened season and the yardage numbers haven't been great, but the Utah product remains key to Denver's third-down success. Patrick helped convert back-to-back third downs midway through the fourth quarter, setting up Phillip Lindsay's game-sealing touchdown run. Patrick is trending upward, his five catches Sunday tying the second most he's had in a game during his career. The 2019 season ends with a matchup against Oakland's 25th-ranked pass defense.
Patrick caught three of seven passes for 26 yards during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
Analysis: Patrick made his mark midway through the second quarter, shielding his defender away to nab a 12-yard pass on third-and-long to move the chains. Though he hasn't put up big numbers, Patrick has routinely been a go-to target on third down since his return from a hand injury and Sunday was no different with five of his seven targets coming on third or fourth down. Still, he somehow has fewer targets than the struggling DaeSean Hamilton in Drew Lock's three starts, 16 to 12. Even if that trend continues, look for Patrick to enjoy an uptick in production Sunday against Detroit's 31st-ranked pass defense.
Patrick caught two of three targets for 50 yards during Sunday's 38-24 win over Houston.
Analysis: On what was an eye-popping road debut for quarterback Drew Lock, Patrick arguably reeled in the rookie's finest pass. Facing third and long to start the second quarter, Lock slid to his left and uncorked a rainbow that landed between two defenders and into the arms of Patrick along the sideline for a 37-yard gain. The Broncos scored a touchdown five plays later. Patrick hasn't put up huge numbers in his four games back from an injured hand, but his clutch receiving on third down probably gives him the WR2 edge over the inconsistent sophomore, DaeSean Hamilton. Though the stock on the Broncos offense is rising slightly with Lock's play, Patrick probably doesn't offer quite as much value as a typical WR2 both because Lock is still getting his feet wet and the emergence of rookie tight end Noah Fant as the Broncos' true secondary receiving option behind Courtland Sutton. Next up Sunday is a trip to Kansas City and the NFL's 12th-ranked pass defense.
Patrick was unable to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Patrick looked like a legitimate WR2 in Week 11, but has just three yards in his last two games. A lot of that can be attributed to a miserable overall offensive performance in Week 12 and some very conservative play-calling in the second half versus the Chargers, but it obviously costs Patrick his luster. The Drew Lock Era has begun and things should only improve as Lock gains comfort in the offense and his receivers, but you should probably wait to see Patrick have a nice game with Lock before considering him. After a tough test against the Chargers, the Broncos get the Texans' 28th-ranked pass defense Sunday.
Patrick (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: The wideout's participation in practice was limited Wednesday and Thursday on account of the injury, but he erased any concern about his Week 13 status by taking every rep during Friday's session. Since returning from injured reserve Week 11, Patrick has operated as the clear No. 2 wideout behind Courtland Sutton, playing 69.4 percent of the offensive snaps the past two games and hauling in five of 11 targets for 80 yards. Patrick's fantasy outlook could improve over the final quarter of the season if the Broncos elect to roll with second-round rookie Drew Lock (thumb) as the starting quarterback over incumbent Brandon Allen, who has completed just 46.4 percent of his attempts through three outings.
Patrick (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Patrick managed to play through his shoulder injury during Week 12's loss to the Bills, during which he caught one of three targets for three yards. The 26-year-old will look to bounce back against the Chargers on Sunday, and he'll work to establish better chemistry with whichever of Drew Lock (thumb) or Brandon Allen starts under center.
Patrick caught one of three targets for three yards during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.
Analysis: Patrick helped covert the Broncos' first third-down of the game during the team's opening drive, hauling in a third-and-short pass right at the sticks. The Broncos converted just one more third down for the remainder of the game. Patrick, just two games into his comeback from a broken hand, has been a key target on third and fourth down, but he -- and Denver's offense as a whole -- appears to have met his ceiling with Brandon Allen at quarterback. His value heading into Sunday's game against the Chargers likely depends on whether the Drew Lock era has begun.
Patrick (shoulder) is active Week 12 against Buffalo.
Analysis: After logging back-to-back limited practice sessions to end the week, Patrick was considered a likely candidate to suit up and attempt to build on his Week 11 performance of 4-77-0. That outing was Patrick's first game back from the injured reserve, and he quickly emerged as the secondary target to Courtland Sutton, playing 59 snaps (72.8 percent) and getting targeted eight times -- just over a fifth of Brandon Allen's total pass attempts. Patrick does have a tougher matchup ahead against Buffalo, however, as the Bills are giving up the eighth-least fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts in standard formats and have allowed the position to reach the end zone just four times all season.
Patrick (shoulder) is expected to suit up Sunday against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, per a source.
Analysis: Patrick was limited for much of the week, but it looks like he'll be ready to play after posting a 4-77-0 line on eight targets in last week's loss to the Vikings. With Emmanuel Sanders off to San Francisco and stud teammate Courtland Sutton likely to be shadowed much of the afternoon by top corner Tre'Davious White, Patrick could be in for a high-volume game.
Patrick (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion again Friday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Patrick sat out Wednesday's practice before logging back-to-back sessions Thursday and Friday. If he does suit up for Sunday's 1:00 ET contest, look for Patrick to continue to work as the Broncos' No. 2 wide receiver behind Courtland Sutton. In his return to game action this past weekend, Patrick -- who had fractured his left hand in Week 1 -- started opposite Sutton and hauled in four of his seven targets for 77 yards in a 27-23 loss to Minnesota.
Patrick (shoulder) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Patrick sat out Wednesday's session, so his return to practice Thursday suggests that he's trending toward being active Sunday against the Bills. Look for Friday's injury report to either officially list him as questionable, or minus a Week 12 injury tag.
Patrick (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: We'll see if Patrick is listed as a full or limited participant, but his return to practice Thursday, in any capacity, bodes well for his chances of suiting up and working as the Broncos No. 2 wide receiver behind Courtland Sutton on Sunday against the Bills.
Patrick (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: In his return to action in Week 11's loss to the Vikings, Patrick started opposite Courtland Sutton, en route to logging 57 of a possible 79 snaps on offense and catching four of his seven targets for 77 yards. He did leave the contest for a spell, but was able to return, which suggests that his Wednesday absence could be maintenance-related.
Patrick caught four of eight targets for 77 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss in Minnesota.
Analysis: The Broncos had yet to see anyone establish themselves as WR2 since the Emmanuel Sanders trade, but Patrick wasted no time making his case, linking up with Courtland Sutton for a 38-yard gain on a trick play in the first quarter. The Utah product continued to be a factor throughout the game, converting a key fourth down during Denver's final drive and was even targeted for what might have been a game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds on a play in which his face mask was grabbed. Given the lack of established targets in Denver's receivers room, Patrick's performance figures to bump him up the depth chart just in time for a very tough matchup against Buffalo's top-five-rated pass defense in Week 12.
Patrick (shoulder) returned to Sunday's game against the Vikings, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Patrick missed a couple drives after injuring his shoulder in the first quarter, but he's fine going forward. The 25-year-old wideout hauled in a 38-yard pass from wide-receiver Courtland Sutton before exiting, and he'll look to build off of that explosive play.
Patrick (shoulder) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Vikings, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: This is a tough break for Patrick, who was just activated off injured reserve Friday. He headed to the locker room to get extra treatment, and it's unclear how Patrick picked up the injury. In the meantime, Diontae Spencer and Fred Brown are the receivers to likely see a bump in snaps.
The Broncos will activate Patrick (hand) from injured reserve Friday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Patrick's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of Bryce Callahan (foot) on IR. The second-year pro is trending toward suiting up against the Vikings on Sunday, in which case he'll compete for the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver gig behind top option Courtland Sutton. Patrick missed eight games while on IR, but he now appears fully recovered from having undergone left hand surgery.
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