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Tim Patrick makes case for Broncos #2 wide receiver

In this week’s episode, Luke asks the question: should Rich Scangarello be limited in play calling? One silver lining for the Broncos is Tim Patrick, as he fights to be number 2 wide receiver.

After being activated off injured reserve, Tim Patrick played in his first game since breaking his hand in week 1 against Oakland. Against the Minnesota Vikings, he was targeted eight times, hauling in 4 receptions for 77 yards in the Denver Broncos seventh devastating loss (27-23) this season.

Patrick’s first play on offense hardly went according to plan, as the second year wide receiver was flagged due to an illegal formation.

But the penalty would hardly discourage Patrick.

Late in the first quarter on a trick play reversal, Broncos star wide receiver Courtland Sutton completed a 50/50 pass to Tim Patrick for 38 yards. Standing 6’4”, 212 lbs, Patrick was an imposing physical threat in both the passing and rushing game for Denver.

NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein’s 2017 draft profile highlighted that Patrick, “Offers up a quality ratio of size, speed and quickness. He’s a long-strider who can eat into cushion on vertical routes. He plays with consistent level of confidence. He has better-than-expected play strength and quality hand fighting help him clear press coverage. He works to stack corners when he gets on top of them. He has an impressive catch radius extends in all directions outside of his frame. He’s able to finish catches with corners draped on top of him. He brings some attitude to the field as a blocker and can be effective in that capacity.”

Following his career at Utah, Patrick went undrafted due to previous injuries in three seasons as he missed 17 games. After the 2017 draft, he a was free agent signing by Baltimore, before being cut and joining the Broncos as a practice squad player.

During 2018, Patrick played all 16 games as an active player, starting four games for the Broncos. He recorded 23 catches for 315 yards with 1 touchdown, while also playing special teams.

Because DaeSean Hamilton has taken a step backwards in 2019, there is a desperate need to compliment future Pro-Bowl wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

With 6 games left in the 2019 season, Tim Patrick has an opportunity to establish himself as an offensive weapon and number 2 wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.