Russell Wilson on Jerry Jeudy: “He’s a Star”
The Denver Broncos made a big splash this offseason when they acquired quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster trade. An organization that has been desperately looking for a franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning retired in 2016, now has a right man under center. In 10 seasons in the Pacific Northwest, Wilson led the Seahawks to two trips to the Super Bowl, a win in Super Bowl 48, nine winning seasons and eight playoff berths.
The future first-ballot Hall of Famer spoke highly of former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy during his introductory press conference on March 16. “I think he’s a star”, said Wilson.
Jeudy’s career hasn’t quite got off to the start he and the Broncos were hoping for when they selected him No. 15 overall in 2020 because of inconsistent play at the quarterback position. There have been five different starting quarterbacks in Jeudy’s short tenure in Denver.
As a rookie, Jeudy reeled in 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns. His finest performance came in the final regular season game when he caught 5 passes for 140 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown.
Despite leading all wide receivers in average target separation in 2021 with 2.44, his numbers dropped significantly during an injury plagued second season. Jeudy caught 38 receptions for 467 yards and zero touchdowns.
The soon-to-be 23-year old wideout has shown flashes that would suggest the best has yet to come and a new quarterback will help the former first round pick reach his full potential. Jeudy has elite level agility and route running that will make him a prime target for Wilson in 2022.
Defensive minded head coach Vic Fangio is out as head coach in Denver and in comes Nathaniel Hackett and his West Coast offense. Jeudy will be featured in an offense that best utilizes his skill set.
Wilson is eager to get to work with his new group of wide receivers at his training facility in San Diego.
"The next step is getting in the playbook, mastering that," Wilson said. "We're super excited about that. And really the biggest thing is getting with the guys and throwing. We have a whole plan set out. We're throwing here in the next couple of days. We're going to spend some time together throwing. Not necessarily here in Denver. It may be some snow on the ground so it might be a little tougher to do. We'll do it out West and we're going to have some fun."