There’s been much written about the Broncos’ decision to draft Patrick Surtain II instead of a quarterback. However, there’s been too little written about Patrick Surtain II (affectionately dubbed PS2)’s high level of play this season. He’s been lights out for Denver, and one of their few bright spots on defense this season.
Patrick Surtain has allowed fewer than 40 yards in coverage in 7 of his 8 career games— PFF (@PFF) November 1, 2021
The rookie has been ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/RT36ehdic5
According to PFF, Surtain has allowed 10 catches for 79 yards and a single touchdown on 24 targets in the past four games for Denver. He’s recorded three PBU’s in that same period. He also owns their lowest reception percentage among all rookies with over 20 targets at 54.3%.
PS2 overtook Kyle Fuller at the LCB spot in week 6. During that time, Denver’s DVOA rating on deep passes going to his alignment improved from 27th to 16th. The Broncos also boast the third-lowest DVOA ranking to the right side and are third in DVOA ranking on short passes to the right.
Not bad, rook. Surtain looks like he can be a building block and cornerstone of the Broncos’ franchise for years to come.
‘Nobody’s surrendering here’: Following Von Miller’s departure, Vic Fangio says nobody’s mindset has changed about the 2021 season
Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio and the team captains echoed their high level of confidence in the Broncos’ ability to continue to improve and compete in 2021.
CB Bryce Callahan was placed on injured reserve and must miss at least three games before returning. Corners Essang Bassey, Duke Dawson Jr., and Mike Ford have each been designated to return from IR in a corresponding move.
After a positive test result, Noah Fant has been placed on the COVID-19 list. He is vaccinated and as a result must have two negative tests in a 24-hour span to be able to return to active duty with the team.
Injury Report: Garett Bolles to miss practice with ankle injury, Calvin Anderson expected to fill in at left tackle
Left tackle Garett Bolles is likely to end up on Injured Reserve, according to Vic Fangio. Caden Sterns did not practice Wednesday, but is expected to play against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Cowboys’ left tackle Tyron Smith may not play this week due to bone spurs. Wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb were limited. QB Dak Prescott is expected to play against the Broncos, barring a setback.