Jerry Jeudy came into the NFL draft as arguably the best receiver in a loaded receiver class. But the Alabama alum struggled with inaccurate passes and drops throughout his rookie campaign. However, Jeudy seems to have grown as a player.
Jerry Jeudy had an illustrious career at Alabama and came into the 2020 NFL draft as one of the best route runners to come of college football in a long time. While Jeudy’s rookie campaign was decent, people, including himself, would have expected more.
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy (@jerryjeudy) Highlights
As a sophomore, Jeudy is already considered one of the best players in the country regardless of position. He won the Biletnikoff, which is given to the top WR in college football #RollTide
— JustBombsProductions (@JBP_Official) December 22, 2018
The wideout finished fifth in his class in receiving, netting 856 yards on 52 catches with 3 TDs, well behind Justin Jefferson’s record-setting 1,400-yard campaign. Jeudy’s ups and downs were highlighted by several pressure-packed drops.
Jerry Jeudy says that he has matured as a player
Entering his second season, the talented receiver says he’s grown and ready to reach new heights.
“I feel like I’ve matured,” Jeudy said Tuesday, via the team’s official website. “You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into [during] your first year of doing something. This is my second year and I feel like I have learned a lot from my first year. I know how to overcome whatever I had in past years to make this year better.”
Jerry Jeudy had more than a few highlight plays, but his games were often characterized by drops. Jeudy characterized the drop problem as a concentration issue, noting he was “so quick to catch and run to hurry up and make a play instead of catching first, then [running].”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 25, 2021
The rookie had a total of 10 drops last season and had a 8.8 drop rate, second only to Diontae Johnson among receivers with at least 100 targets. Jeudy also had a -10 catch rate above expectation. The closest wideout to him was Johnson with -6.9
Drew Lock finds an open receiver. Bad drop by Jerry Jeudy. pic.twitter.com/kktXPYfURp
— Joe (R-E-L-A-X) Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 15, 2020
A full offseason should definitely benefit Jeudy, especially since this would be the first time he would be able to attend voluntary OTA’s with the Denver Broncos. It should be very interesting to see Jeudy next season.