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Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick tore his ACL in practice today. How will his absence in 2022 affect the offense?
One of the most notable aspects of the realignment that took place across the AFC West this offseason was the Denver Broncos trading for star quarterback Russell Wilson. Along with his joining the team came great anticipation for what Denver’s young and extremely talented wide receiver room would be capable of with an MVP-caliber quarterback at the helm. One member of the room, Tim Patrick, will no longer be available for the tour.
Mike Klis, of 9NEWS Denver, reported on Tim Patrick’s injury at today’s practice and gave an update on the severity after MRI results came back:
Klis continued on Twitter, pointing out that the Achilles heel of the Broncos receiver room has actually been the ACL in recent years:
Three straight seasons of losing a receiver this early to the exact same injury is nothing short of a plague. That will create a significant challenge for the Broncos out of the gate in 2022.
Who will the Broncos lean on after losing Tim Patrick for the year?
What Wilson most notably brought to Denver was his rocket arm, which has been a play for years. The trio of Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy were sure to maximize Wilson’s greatest strength this coming season, but the team will be forced to adopt a plan B now.
The most disappointing reality of Tim Patrick’s injury is the argument that can be made that he is grossly underrated among the ranks of AFC West receivers. His 734 yards and five touchdowns in 2021 weren’t anything to shout from the mountaintops, but in an offense with virtually no identity since entering the league, Patrick has made the most of his opportunities. He was poised for a breakout season in 2022.
After trading away tight end Noah Fant in the acquisition of Russell Wilson, the Broncos will likely lean on KJ Hamler to fill the void of Tim Patrick’s absence in the passing game. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon can also be expected to take on bigger roles to keep the offense competitive in a division that presents such high scoring threats on such a regular basis.