A promising trend for WR Jerry Jeudy continues vs. Chiefs


The Broncos’ stock report after their 34-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Stock up

WR Jerry Jeudy

Jeudy put together a big outing, reeling in three touchdowns and finishing with eight catches for 73 yards. Perhaps more promising is the trend he’s been on over a slightly longer horizon. In his past seven games, Jeudy is on a 1,100-yard pace and over his past four, he’s catching 80.6% of his targets and averaging 75 yards per game. Over his first six games this year, Jeudy logged catches on only 47.2% of his targets. The key for the former first-rounder from Alabama is to play consistently and stay healthy. The first part of that equation appears to be coming around.

LB Josey Jewell

Any time you do something that hasn’t been done in more than two decades, it’s notable. Jewell had the first multi-interception game by a Broncos linebacker since Al Wilson in 2000. And he did it against Patrick Mahomes. And both came as Denver tried to mount its comeback. In nine games this season, Jewell has 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and now two interceptions. He should get Pro Bowl consideration.

QB Russell Wilson

The veteran quarterback’s health is the main concern after he suffered a concussion early in the fourth quarter. Before that, he was putting together his best game as a Bronco. Wilson threw for 247 yards and rushed for 57 more, putting him past 300 total yards for the first time since Week 1. He also logged his first three-touchdown game passing. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, but given the injury situation at receiver and running back, there are also more glimmers of hope regarding Wilson’s level of play than in recent weeks.

RB Marlon Mack

You create the biggest play of the season by a Broncos running back, you get a spot on the list. Mack was pressed back into duty behind Latavius Murray after Mike Boone’s ankle injury and scored on a 66-yard screen pass. He also rushed for 15 yards on three carries, though the second attempt at a screen to him was snuffed out. Denver’s holding its running back group together with spit and glue this year, and Mack will likely be counted on again down the stretch.

Stock down

Luke Wattenberg

The Broncos played without left guard Dalton Risner for the first time this season and the results were not pretty. His absence was compounded by Denver’s other injuries up front, such as center Lloyd Cushenberry, but the combination of rookie Luke Wattenberg, reserve Quinn Bailey and practice squader Netane Muti struggled to consistently block Kansas City’s defensive front. Wattenberg started and struggled at left guard. It’s not all on him, necessarily. A center by trade, that’s an awfully big ask to put him in at an unnatural position with little training.

Nik Bonitto

Bonitto’s workload ticked back up to 28 snaps (41%) after he played just one snap against Baltimore, which perhaps isn’t a surprise given Kansas City’s pass-dominant offense compared to the Ravens’ run-oriented approach. Bonitto’s production has dried up as his rookie season progresses. He had one assisted tackle Sunday and he has just one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss in Denver’s past five games.



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