The Denver Broncos have a special one in Tim Patrick, who has defied the odds to get to where he is. With injuries in college and early in his career, he worked his way to becoming the No. 2 of the Broncos.
Patrick is a testament to the skill of Broncos wide receiver manager Zach Azzanni and his ability to develop players, who was hired in 2018. With Patrick designed to be the No. 2 Denver for 2022, let’s dig into his career so far to project what 2022 might hold for him.
Patrick was born and raised in San Diego, California. He will turn 29 in November. After high school, he initially went to Grossmont Community College before heading to the University of Utah.
2014 was Patrick’s first year in Utah and he played nine games that season, starting four. While he contributed before starting, he captured 10 out of 15 targets on his starts and got a total of 16 catches out of 22 targets.
It was a good performance and there were high hopes for Patrick’s 2015 season after suffering a late season injury in 2014. However, Patrick got to see the pitch for five shots in 2015 before suffering another injury. end of the season. Hope was there for 2016, but missing 2015 was difficult.
While Patrick played in most games, he played sparingly in four and missed one due to injury. In total, he missed 17 games during his three years at Utah. This has been a significant concern for teams as he set his sights on the NFL.
Despite injuries, Patrick captured 45 targets out of 88 for 771 yards and five touchdowns like Ute. It was a great season for Patrick in a team that went 9-4. He then entered the project, where he had to work to overcome the extensive injury problems of his collegiate career.
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Patrick didn’t have many opportunities to alleviate the teams’ injury problems during the pre-draft process. With no invitations to pre-draft bowls or the NFL Scouting Combine, all he had was his pro day.
It was a majestic pro day for Patrick, however, who ran a 4.48 40-yard run at 6ft-4 208lbs. He also had good jumps and agility practice times.
Patrick received a relative athletic score of 9.69, but it wasn’t enough to become one of the 32 wide receivers enrolled.
The Baltimore Ravens are likely kicking themselves as they were the team that initially signed Patrick as an undrafted free agent. However, he was released before spending even three months with the team. However, the Ravens remained interested and were linked to a Patrick swap ahead of the 2021 season.
After Baltimore, Patrick spent August with the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, he didn’t get past the final cuts and the Broncos hit him.
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While Patrick stayed with the Broncos for the 2017 season, he rebounded with them. However, he didn’t see any action and signed a futures contract in January 2018.
That season, Patrick saw the pitch for every game and played 394 snaps on offense. He also added 218 in special teams, where he performed well. In attack, he received 23 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown.
Not only did Patrick come forward when needed as a catcher for Case Keenum, but he also did so as a blocker and special teams player. However, Patrick didn’t see much time in the special teams after 2018, with 21 shots from 2019 to 2021.
Patrick’s block remained strong and helped the Broncos’ running game when they attacked the limit. He was a tone-setter as a blocker on the outside. While his block wasn’t always technically sound, he got the job done.
2019 saw Patrick take the field less, and therefore his production decreased. He still captured 16 of 30 targets for 218 yards. It showed enough for the Broncos to continue working with him to develop as a depth receiver, which paid off in 2020.
The Broncos found themselves relying heavily on Patrick in 2020, leading to what was the best year of his career to date. With no drop during the season, he captured 51 of 74 targets at 742 yards and six touchdowns. He ended up playing a leading role in attack and showed just how dangerous a weapon he could be.
Entering 2021, the question was whether the Broncos would trade Patrick. Not only was he a post-season free agent, Courtland Sutton was too. Ultimately, Denver traded neither and instead extended both to what turned out to be extremely supportive deals for the team.
Patrick had a good year in 2021, but with consistent problems from the quarterback position, he failed to set new career highs across the board. While his 53 captures of 83 targets were career highs, he fell short of yards, with 734, and touchdowns, with just five.
There isn’t much to say here. Patrick is expected to be the Denver WR2 and, at the very least, will be the No. 3. Plus, he finally has a skilled quarterback that tosses him into Russell Wilson.
Well disposed for health, 2022 will easily be the best year of Patrick’s career and he should exceed the 1,000 yards received.
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