The Broncos’ Stock Report after their 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night:
WR Jerry Jeudy
After a no-touchdown 2021 season, Jeudy didn’t waste any time this year reaching the end zone. In the second quarter, Jeudy beat rookie cornerback Coby Bryant, collected quarterback Russell Wilson’s underthrown deep pass and raced to a 67-yard touchdown. Jeudy ended with four catches for 102 yards.
OLB Bradley Chubb
Chubb had a quiet first half, but two sacks in the second half. He had none last year while battling multiple ankle injuries. “It was good to see,” he said. “Good to have success. But at the end of the day, I want to do it for all four quarters. I felt like I just did it for two. I want to get back to being the full, dominant type of guy.”
Outside toss plays
The Broncos’ outside zone toss plays to Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon were cooking early. Well-designed plays accounted for Seattle’s edge defenders, part of a Broncos run game that averaged 5.2 yards per carry despite no runs of longer than 13 yards (one apiece by Gordon and Williams). The offense just needs to be more effective on goal-to-go carries.
Offensive line depth
Right guard Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) left the game in the first half, injured while blocking for a field goal and shutting it down after he felt discomfort trying to block downfield on a screen pass. The Broncos were already without presumptive right tackle Billy Turner (knee). If Meinerz is placed on injured reserve, he will miss a minimum of four games. Graham Glasgow replaced Meinerz.
The Broncos committed 12 penalties (tied for second most in Week 1 behind only Jacksonville’s 13) for 106 yards (the most in Week 1). What should be maddening is the unforced nature of some of the penalties. Three false starts. Two delay of games. One roughing the passer, taunting and unnecessary roughness on the defense apiece. The Broncos aren’t good enough to give away so many yards.