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The 2021 NFL season may barely be in the books, but Dave Richard is already getting a jump on his 2022 preparation by highlighting at least one key statistic to know for each NFL team that had a major bearing on their 2021 performance and could mean a great deal for their 2022 outlook. In this space, Dave dives into the Denver Broncos.
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Many people, including me, believed 2021 would be a breakout season for Jerry Jeudy. Not only was it not even close to a breakout season (he scored as many touchdowns as your grandma), but he took down other Broncos receivers with him when he did play.
Here’s another crazy stat: Jeudy notched 13 PPR points in effectively two-and-a-half quarters before suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 1. That was good enough to tie for the team lead among receivers that game. He had seven targets on 31 snaps! Then he had 49 targets over 358 sad snaps when he came back. It will be difficult to blindly trust any Broncos receiver in 2022 even if they make a massive upgrade at quarterback.
Jeudy was another one of the trendiest second-year receiver breakout picks in drafts last August, but he didn’t live up to the hype. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen. We’ll be looking for breakouts from last year’s rookie class to take that second year leap in 2022. But which ones will actually live up to the hype? The Fantasy Football Today team dove deep into the 2021 WR rookie class and what their outlooks look like for 2022:
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