Dec 16, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos elevate two WRs from practice squad

The Denver Broncos elevated two wide receivers from the practice squad on Saturday with Courtland Sutton ruled out and Jerry Jeudy questionable.

The Broncos (7-8) promoted WRs Michael Bandy and Phillip Dorsett to the active roster to bolster a banged-up WR corps. Rookie Marvin Mims Jr. is also questionable for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers (5-10).

The team also placed running back Dwayne Washington on the non-football illness list and promoted outside linebacker Ronnie Perkins to the active roster.

Sutton was ruled out with a concussion, Jeudy is questionable with an illness and Mims is battling a hamstring injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) warms up against the Kansas City Chiefs prior to a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Payton: Broncos didn’t shop ‘dynamic’ Jerry Jeudy

The Denver Broncos have parted with several veteran players during the course of their 3-5 start to the 2023 season, but coach Sean Payton said there was no effort to move wide receiver Jerry Jeudy ahead of last week’s trade deadline.

The Broncos upset the Chiefs 24-9 at home for their third win in five games before heading into last week’s bye. There was speculation that the embattled fourth-year wide receiver could be targeted by several contenders, but the deadline came and went with Jeudy still a Bronco.

“He’s an important part and an important piece of what we’re doing,” Payton said Monday. “Shoot, he’s a guy that we think is dynamic. Sometimes it’s a fickle game in that all of a sudden, we’re into the fifth week of the season and Brandon Johnson has three touchdowns and Jerry doesn’t have one. Sometimes that’s the nature of the passing game, but each week, there’s a lot that goes into what we’re game planning.

“He played extremely well last week, and we think he is going to be very important for us going forward.”

Jeudy, 24, was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2020 but has yet to meet lofty expectations. Denver picked up his fifth-year option after Jeudy caught a career-high 67 passes last year, but he has only 27 receptions for 336 yards and that lone touchdown through seven games this season.

However, Payton sees progress in the offense as a whole and Jeudy as part of the solution rather than part of the problem in Denver’s slow start.

Jeudy is due to make $12.987 million in 2024 in the final year of his rookie deal. That made him a potentially attractive target for teams, but Payton wasn’t picking up the phone to deal another veteran after the team had recently parted ways with pass rushers Randy Gregory and Frank Clark.

“I don’t think my words prior to the trade deadline were ever, ‘Hey, we’re staying pat.’ It was, ‘we’re not the ones to be interviewed. Go ask the people that are purchasing,’” Payton said. “We kind of went through this in the offseason with a handful of players, and understandably so. In other words, I get it. It’s harder for us to be the ones speaking on topics like that when we’re not the ones that are involved in initiating any of the contact.”

Payton sees improvement in the offense as a whole. That includes quarterback Russell Wilson, who is still getting comfortable in his third offensive system in three years.

Wilson, who will turn 35 on Nov. 29, has thrown for 1,613 yards with 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions. He is also on pace to be sacked 55 times, which would equal his career high from last season.

“The things we’ve seen that I’ve been encouraged with are the off-schedule plays. He does a great job of working the pocket, climbing the pocket,” Payton said when asked to assess Wilson’s play through eight games. “Then, continuing to look at reducing the turnovers, managing the game the right way and understanding who we’re playing and how we’re playing it — all of those things.

“Every day he’s working at it and working his tail off at it. There are a lot of things that we’ve been impressed with and that he’s doing very well. There are some things that, obviously, he wants to improve on, and collectively, that we want to (improve on) offensively.”

–Field Level Media

August 19, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) during halftime against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Would Broncos deal WR Jerry Jeudy to bitter rival?

Jerry Jeudy has been one of the most talked-about names ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline.

The Denver Broncos’ embattled fourth-year receiver has only 27 catches for 336 yards through the first seven games of the season, but could be an interesting target for a playoff contender in need of an offensive spark.

Could that include one of Denver’s most bitter rivals?

The Kansas City Chiefs got a first-hand look at Jeudy’s current form in their 24-9 loss at Denver on Sunday.

The 2020 first-round pick out of Alabama caught just two of six targets, but he did haul in his first touchdown of the season — an 11-yard pass from Russell Wilson in the second quarter to extend Denver’s lead to 14-3. Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ wide receivers combined for 12 receptions for 150 yards — a 12.5-yard average — without reaching the end zone.

Kansas City’s leading receiver by a long shot this season is tight end Travis Kelce, whose 54 receptions are tied with the Chiefs’ three leading wideouts — combined.

The Chiefs are the +450 favorite to be Jeudy’s next team by The next shortest odds belong Carolina (+600) and Detroit (+625), with Buffalo and San Francisco both at +650.

Chiefs (+450)
Panthers (+600)
Lions (+625)
49ers (+650)
Bills (+650)
Colts (+675)
Patriots (+700)
Texans (+750)
Titans (+850)
Giants (+900)

Would the Broncos consider sending Jeudy to a division rival? The teams have already split their season series, and Denver is entering its bye week.

Broncos coach Sean Payton wasn’t tipping his hand on Monday.

“We’re not openly or even remotely shopping anyone,” he said. “(Have) people called? Sure, they have. Typically, the buyer wants the media to know they’ve called — not the seller. I’m sure at some point, I’ll meet with (general manager) George (Paton).

“It’s just a matter of what those other teams deem important. It’s hard to predict that.”

The Broncos find themselves in an interesting position ahead of the deadline. Following a 1-5 start that included allowing at least 28 points four times, Denver has won consecutive games while allowing a combined 26 points the past two weeks.

Following the bye week, the Broncos face Buffalo on a Monday night before playing host to the Kirk Cousins-less Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns, who are dealing with their own injury issue with quarterback Deshaun Watson.

At 3-5, Denver is tied for the second-worst record in the AFC. However, the Broncos are 1 1/2 games behind the current final wild-card spot in the division.

Could their recent form turn the Broncos into buyers instead of sellers?

“This is the hardest time of the year for all the people in the media whose job it is to try to get that information,” Payton said. “Never once would you hear George or I say to any of you, ‘Hey, we’re not interested in selling, but we might be looking at …’ That would be something we’d just fill you in (on) after the fact, but we’d assure you you’d be the first to know after the fact.

“We have those discussions, and we look closely at the roster. Then we look closely not only the roster this year, but the roster as you project out. All those things are important. Typically speaking, we’re past that quarter poll, but most NFL rosters change the most in those first four or five weeks. You’ve seen us add a few players. Some guys go to the practice squad. That’ll continue to some extent.

“There’s nothing to say that we might not be in that business.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) dives to recover a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy practices, in line to play Sunday

Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy completed a full practice for the first time since Aug. 24 on Thursday, putting Denver’s No. 1 wide receiver in line to play this weekend.

Jeudy, 24, caught 67 passes for 972 yards and six touchdowns last season and was touted by head coach Sean Payton as a top target in the new offense.

Payton said Jeudy nearly played in Week 1, but the team kept him out of the loss to the Las Vegas Raiders as a precaution. In August, Jeudy limped out of joint practices with the Los Angeles Rams favoring his right leg. His status was a major concern with wide receiver Tim Patrick (torn Achilles) lost for the season on July 31.

Jeudy has 157 catches for 2,295 yards and nine touchdowns in 41 games (33 starts) since the Broncos selected him 15th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 1, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Roundup: Broncos pick up 5th year on WR Jerry Jeudy

The Denver Broncos picked up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Jerry Jeudy on Monday.

Jeudy, 24, is set to make $12.987 million in 2024.

Jeudy has 157 catches for 2,295 yards and nine touchdowns in 41 games (33 starts) since the Broncos selected him No. 15 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The deadline to pick up fifth-year options is Tuesday.

–The Cleveland Browns picked up the fifth-year option on starting left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr.

Wills, 23, will make $14.175 million in the 2024 season.

He has started all 45 games he’s played in since the Browns selected him No. 10 overall in the 2020 draft.

–The Carolina Panthers picked up the option on defensive tackle Derrick Brown. He’ll make $13.1 million in 2024.

Brown, 25, has 142 tackles — including 21 for loss — to go with six sacks and 15 passes defensed in 49 games (46 starts) for Carolina. The Panthers selected him No. 7 overall in the 2020 draft.

–The New Orleans Saints declined the fifth-year option on offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz. He has started 40 of 46 games since being selected No. 24 overall in the 2020 draft.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars are declining the fifth year on edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson. He has just three sacks in 40 games (11 starts) since being selected No. 20 overall in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; London, United Kingdom, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is congratulated by wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos not ‘interested’ in dealing WRs Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton acknowledged teams have called to inquire about Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton this offseason, but he reiterated Monday the team isn’t “interested” in dealing either of its two leading receivers.

“I think it’s pretty common every offseason,” Payton said Monday of rumors the Broncos might part with one or both. “(There is a) new coach (and it’s) not a real deep receiver draft.

“I would say a number of teams have called on those players. It’s not something that we’re interested in doing.”

Asked Sunday about it, Payton said “we’re not trading those two players.”

Jeudy led the Broncos with 67 receptions for 972 yards and six touchdowns last season. Sutton was second with 64 catches for 829 yards, but only reached the end zone twice.

While Payton evaluates the entire roster of a team that stumbled to a 5-12 finish last season, receiver is a position of strength.

In addition to Jeudy and Sutton, Tim Patrick is returning from a torn ACL and KJ Hamler might be ready for training camp following surgery for a torn pec. The Broncos added veteran Marquez Callaway to a depth chart that also includes holdovers Kendall Hinton (33 catches in 2022), Brandon Johnson (six), Jalen Virgil (five) and Montrell Washington (four).

While Payton has denied an interest in parting with one of his top two wideouts, it may ultimately be a strong consideration as he attempts to rebuild the running game. He has very little draft capital to work with due to last season’s blockbuster deal for quarterback Russell Wilson along with another first-rounder Denver parted with to get Payton from the New Orleans Saints.

“(The rumors will) continue, I’m sure, as we get closer to the draft,” Payton said. “If you really look at the draft and you really look at the receiver depth in the draft, it’s not a real deep draft.

“If you’re a team that’s looking for receivers – we’re not the only team people called. I’m sure Houston with Brandin Cooks and other players like that. It’s pretty common in the offseason, I think.”

Speaking of Wilson, Payton declined to say much about last week’s report that the quarterback underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the 2022 season. Wilson resumed workouts and throwing and is expected to be ready for OTAs.

“Injury wise, I’ll keep you posted,” Payton said. “That’s something we’re not going to talk a lot about – probably ever.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; London, United Kingdom, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is congratulated by wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy active vs. Ravens

Denver Broncos wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy are both active for Sunday’s game against the host Baltimore Ravens.

Sutton (illness) and Jeudy (ankle) were both listed as questionable for the game.

Sutton leads the Broncos in catches (52) and receiving yards (688), while Jeudy tops the club in touchdown receptions (three).

Denver (3-8) listed the following players as inactive: cornerbacks K’Waun Williams and Michael Ojemudia, safety Anthony Harris, linebacker Dakota Allen, tight end/fullback Andrew Beck, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and defensive lineman Jonathan Harris.

The Ravens (7-4) listed the following players as inactive: tackle Ronnie Stanley, cornerback Pepe Williams, running back Mike Davis, tight end Charlie Kolar and linebackers Del’Shawn Phillips, Josh Bynes and David Ojabo.

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Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos receiving trade offers for several players

The struggling Denver Broncos have received multiple trade inquiries about star pass-rusher Bradley Chubb and wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Broncos (2-4) brought a three-game losing streak into their Week 7 game against the visiting New York Jets.

Denver could be interested in acquiring draft capital after trading two first-round picks and two second-rounders to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire quarterback Russell Wilson in March.

Chubb, 26, recorded 5.5 sacks in the first six games but is playing in the final season of a four-year, $27.3 million deal he signed in 2018 after the Broncos selected him fifth overall in the NFL draft. He is earning $12.7 million in 2022.

Jeudy, 23, had 17 catches for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the first six games in his third season since Denver drafted him in the first round (15th overall) in 2020.

Hamler, 23, had just four receptions for 109 yards and no scores in five games entering Week 7. The Broncos took him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jeudy and Hamler are both playing on their rookie contracts.

According to ESPN, the Broncos are also open to trading tight end Albert Okwuegbunam — one of five TEs on their roster. Also a 2020 draft pick (fourth round), Okwuegbunam, 24, had seven catches for 50 yards in five games heading into Sunday’s contest.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) leaves the field in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Broncos’ Patrick Surtain II, Jerry Jeudy both day-to-day

Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy are considered day-to-day after sustaining injuries during the team’s Week 2 win over the Houston Texans, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Monday.

Jeudy hit the ground hard during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-9 win, injuring his ribs during a double-pass trick play. Surtain left during the second quarter with a shoulder injury.

The news means Denver’s No. 1 corner and one of its starting receivers still could be back in time for Week 3, when the Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers.

Surtain is coming off a strong rookie year after being selected ninth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. He had four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and broke up 14 passes.

Jeudy missed seven games last year with injuries and finished his sophomore NFL season with 38 receptions for 467 yards and no touchdowns. The 2020 first-rounder has five catches for 113 and a touchdown so far this season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is taken off the field after being injured in the game against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy to miss time with high ankle sprain

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy will miss time with a high ankle sprain, Denver Broncos head coach Vin Fangio said Monday.

Jeudy was carted off the field at MetLife Stadium with the Broncos leading the New York Giants 10-7 on Sunday, but hinted early Monday morning that his outlook was positive.

Fangio followed Monday with confirmation the Broncos won’t be without the receiver for long.

Jeudy will miss “at least a few weeks” Fangio said, opening the door for KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick to play larger roles.

A first-round pick in 2020, Jeudy caught six passes for a team-high 72 yards in Denver’s win over the Giants.

The Broncos play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and square off with the New York Jets on Sept. 27.

–Field Level Media