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Football Outsiders’ names Tim Patrick as Broncos’ most underrated player

Football Outsiders on ESPN wrote about one underrated player for each NFL team. Tim Patrick was their choice for the Denver Broncos.

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Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders’ gave his opinion on the most underrated player on the Denver Broncos for 2022. He looked to Tim Patrick who the Broncos resigned to a three-year, $34 million contract extension last November.

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Patrick led the Broncos in receiving yards (1,476) and touchdowns (11) over the last two seasons. He has also led Broncos receivers in both DVOA and DYAR in each of the last two seasons, in part because he is so reliable in high-leverage situations. He led the team with 16 first-down catches on third or fourth downs in 2020 and finished second to Courtland Sutton with 11 such catches last season.

Patrick signed a three-year contract extension last November and is slated to be the No. 3 receiver that Russell Wilson has lacked for many years. Sutton and the others may get all the attention, but Patrick’s the guy Wilson will be looking for on third-and-7.

Looking over the roster, I could see why Tanier is looking to Patrick. He is pretty well known to us here in Broncos Country, but outside of the Mile High City he isn’t all that well known. With Russell Wilson, you have to figure that is about to change for him.

What do you think? Who is the Broncos most underrated player heading into this season?

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