Broncos Wire’s 90-man offseason roster series continues today with a look at fifth-year wide receiver, Tim Patrick No. 81.
Before the Broncos: Patrick (6-4, 212 pounds) was a three-year man at Utah. Patrick missed the 2015 season with a broken leg that was so serious it laid him up for 18 months. In 2016, Patrick bounced back and caught 45 passes for 711 yards and five touchdowns.
Patrick broke into the NFL by signing as a college free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. He spent two months with the Ravens before the San Francisco 49ers claimed him off waivers. In October of 2017, Denver signed Patrick to their practice squad.
Broncos tenure: Patrick caught 23 passes for 315 yards in 2018, playing in 16 games and starting four. In 2019, his production dipped slightly, but in 2020 and 2021, Patrick blossomed into a 700-yard-per-year receiver.
Chances to make the 53-man roster: In recent years, Patrick has shown the traits of a strong No. 1 or No. 2 receiver. His size is an advantage against smaller and quicker cornerbacks and he can win jump balls. During the 2021 offseason, Patrick joined other teammates in welcoming new quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver. Wilson threw with all of his receivers in order to establish timing and rapport with each of the new targets.
We look forward to seeing No. 81 on the roster as a mentor to Courtland Sutton and an example of what could be to Jerry Jeudy.