With talented second-year wide receivers Jerry Jeudy (ankle) and KJ Hamler (knee) both injured, the Denver Broncos will need their other receivers to step up on offense.
Hamler is out for the year but Jeudy will return later this season. In the meantime, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick will serve as the team’s top two receivers with returner Diontae Spencer and young fan favorite Kendall Hinton getting increased roles.
Denver also recently brought in David Moore, signing the 26-year-old receiver off the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad. None of Moore, Spencer or Hinton could fully replace Jeudy or Hamler, but collectively, they can help keep the offense rolling.
“We just expect those guys to come in and be themselves,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said Wednesday. “They don’t have to try to be Jerry, and they don’t have to be KJ. [We want them to] be the best version of them that they can be. [We want them to] give us their all and just make plays when the ball comes their way. They’re here for a reason.
“With David, I’ve seen him throughout the course of his career a little. I think he had [six] touchdowns last year. All those guys, they’re going to bring their ‘A’ game, and that’s what we expect from them.”
Spencer has played primarily as a returner to this point in his career, catching just 10 passes in 30 career games, and Hinton hauled in his first NFL reception last week. Moore is by far the most experienced of the trio, with 78 catches, 1,163 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on his resume.
Given his experience, Moore seems to be the most likely candidate to serve as the team’s No. 3 WR behind Sutton and Patrick until Jeudy returns later this year.
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