When all four of the Denver Broncos’ quarterbacks were ruled ineligible for a Week 12 matchup with the New Orleans Saints because of COVID-19 protocols last season, the team turned to practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton as an emergency quarterback.
Hinton struggled, throwing more interceptions than completions, but he was praised for his resilience and willingness to take on an impossible task. Before the Broncos settled on Hinton, another rookie wide receiver tweeted that he wanted a shot at QB.
“Guess ima have to get my Lamar Jackson on,” Jerry Jeudy tweeted.
Just how serious was the tweet?
“I was so serious,” Jeudy told Broncos Wire on Feb. 4 during an interview promoting Old Spice. “I would have been out there making plays. I would have been out there making plays for sure.”
Jeudy said he didn’t think the coaches would believe him because he said it in a joking tone, but he really was willing to play QB.
“I just need that opportunity,” Jeudy said. “They didn’t believe in me when I was telling them, ‘Hey, I’d be out there Lamar Jackson, read option, slant route, ‘go’ balls, inches — that’s all I’m throwing.”
Denver decided to start Hinton instead.
Guess they ain’t wanna see LJ 2.0
— Jerry Jeudy⁴ (@jerryjeudy) November 30, 2020
Jeudy was a first-round draft pick last year, so it’s understandable that the Broncos didn’t want to risk him getting injured as a fill-in QB. If the team has any in-game QB emergencies in the future, though, Jeudy has made it clear that he’d be willing to take on the job.