Nathaniel Hackett praised Jerry Jeudy’s career game Sunday, but also said the receiver bumping an official in the loss to the Chiefs was “unacceptable.”
“I was told by the referee that it happened, and I went and addressed it right away and talked with him,” Hackett said Monday. “He definitely knew that he was wrong… You can’t do that. We addressed that.”
Jeudy said he was “frustrated” after a Broncos three-and-out in the second quarter with the team down 27-0, and said he was yelling at line judge Tripp Sutter for a holding call he wanted. Jeudy took off his helmet and was screaming at Sutter, and bumped the official as he walked off the field.
The third-year pro had a career-high three touchdowns on eight catches, with 73 receiving yards. The banner performance came after Jeudy’s measured return in Week 13 from an ankle injury he suffered on the opening play in Week 10 in Tennessee.
Hackett said Jeudy will continue to play the “X” position if Courtland Sutton, who missed the Chiefs game with a hamstring injury, can’t play this Sunday against Arizona.
“When Courtland went down last week (against the Ravens), we decided to make a move to put (Jeudy) at the back-side X position,” Hackett said. “We still wanted to put him in the slot, so he had to take even more of a role (in both) positions… Having him at that back-side spot was good for us.”
Injury updates. While Sutton remains “day-to-day,” per Hackett, the prognosis for Mike Boone isn’t as good.
The running back, who missed Weeks 8-12 with an ankle injury, was carted off Sunday with another ankle injury. It could potentially be season-ending. That leaves Latavius Murray as Denver’s primary tailback.
“It doesn’t look good for Mike Boone right now unfortunately,” Hackett said. “We’re going to have to have another running back up (behind Murray).”
Additionally, Hackett said the Broncos are still evaluating when to start the IR clock for center Lloyd Cushenberry (groin injury, Week 8) and edge rusher Randy Gregory (knee injury, Week 4).
Accelerator program. Broncos executive director of football operations and special advisor to the general manager Kelly Kleine is taking part in the NFL’s front office accelerator program in Dallas at this week’s league meetings. Kleine, whom general manager George Paton has referred to as “a rising star” in the league, also took part in a similar accelerator program in May. It is designed to help facilitate networking and development for women and people of color in NFL front offices.