January 20, 2022

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Can Jerry Jeudy be an even better route-runner in 2021?

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Second-year receiver Jerry Jeudy has already impressed through training camp and his preseason appearances, leading many to project a breakout season for the wideout.

Jeudy, who showcased explosive potential as a rookie, spent the offseason focused on improving his route-running and becoming the most-dangerous version of himself.

“Jerry Jeudy realizes the margin is razor-thin between what he did as a rookie and producing an explosive 2021 season many are predicting,” The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman said.

Jeudy was already touted as one of the best route-runners coming out of college, and he has crossed enough corners and figuratively broken enough ankles through training camp to solidify that reputation. But Jeudy isn’t settling for being ‘one of the best’ — he’s focused on getting even better.

“When it comes to route-running you’ve got to know the time and the place (to cut), and where you’re at on the (quarterback’s) progression,” Jeudy said. “That’s the biggest thing I improved on this year — knowing the timing of the route, and where I’m at in the progression to time that up with the route-running.”

Entering his second season in Denver, Jeudy has matured and become more familiar with the offense, as well as having a full preseason under his belt. In combination with the big-play potential he showed as a rookie, Jeudy could be in line for a big year in 2021.

“Last year, the 15th overall pick had flashes of brilliance,” Newman said, “such as his 92-yard touchdown catch against the Raiders in Week 17, the longest TD reception in the NFL in 2020. And he showed the ability to be a playmaker by ranking seventh in the league at 16.5 yards per catch.”

Head Coach Vic Fangio believes Jeudy’s maturation will play a big role in his success this season.  

“He’s going to have a really good year for us,” Fangio said. “What does that translate into statistically, you never know, but he’s a much more mature player right now. He knows what he’s doing in our system and he’s playing with a lot more confidence, both from experiencing an NFL season and from experiencing the same offense two years in a row.”

While expectations are high, Jeudy has earned them through his hard work and performance on the field. Jeudy was a nearly impossible cover during joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings, and he shined in limited preseason appearances.

“Jeudy’s preseason performance provided encouraging early returns,” Newman said. “Not only did Jeudy look uncoverable against the Vikings and Seahawks backups over the first two games (Jeudy played just eight snaps in the third preseason game), he also showed that his elusiveness in the open field has increased.”