Breaking Down the 2020 Broncos: What Upgrades are Required at WR?

Erick Trickel

With Courtland Sutton in town, the Denver Broncos have a bonafide No. 1 receiver, but it's the depth behind him that is concerning. Despite some solid late-season performances, there is a lack of consistency at the wide receiver position and not enough there for the Broncos to bet on. 

Denver needs help, especially considering that Pat Shurmur's offensive scheme wants to spread out a defense running 11 personnel (3WR sets).

That means that the Broncos need more from their backup receivers. Both Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton showed promise towards the end of last season, but again, they were too inconsistent. 

Both have a solid skill-set, but the Broncos will still need to add competition to the room instead of earmarking either of these two receivers the No. 2 or 3 slot on the depth chart.

Here's the biggest issue with Patrick and Hamilton; while they can be used as depth in the Broncos' offense, the issue arises because of their respective play-styles and skill-sets. Patrick has a skill-set that is very similar to what Sutton brings to the table, while Hamilton is a good route runner, but lacks dynamic ability and speed.

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Considering the limitations of Patrick and Hamilton, as well as Sutton’s weak areas, what the Broncos need is to add speed to the offense as well as a dynamic after-the-catch play-maker. A speedy receiver can take the top off a defense and create spacing for Sutton, tight end Noah Fant, and other weapons on offense. 

With the natural spacing that will come with the offensive play design of Shurmur, the dynamic player who can pick up yards after the catch can be very effective.

Denver needs help at wide receiver, and fortunately, this is a good draft class to get those types of players. However, Denver's is a young receiver room, so adding a veteran presence, even if for competition, could be a very solid move for the Broncos this offseason.

Check out the video above for the full story and sound off in the comment section with what you want to see the Broncos do to upgrade Drew Lock's arsenal. 

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Comments (13)
No. 1-7

yea the veteran presence shouldn't be underestimated imo. Show the young guys what they need to do to be a pro, well, the right presence : )

At the same time I feel that Patrick and Hamilton are being slept on a little. If Drew really is that good, I could see both guys making plays, especially Patrick. Have to remember they're young guys that should probably hit their best play or there abouts year 3. If not...well plug in the rookie or Winefree : )

Not against receiver rd 1 at all. Just don't want to be locked in on it.

My opinion anyway :)

Dick Hanky
Dick Hanky

They always say they don't produce, but they have few targets. Lock seems to get everyone involved, that's why Patrick/Hamilton were better at the end. Someone threw them the ball.
If Lavisca runs a sub 4.4 40, things could shake up. Same for when Ruggs and Reagor run. I still want Ruggs or Jeudy, but a fast Laviska is fine. I'm a little upset they didn't give Winfree more play. He was better than Hamilton or Patrick in camp and preseason. I'm more upset they didn't give Trinity a look in a real game, see how fast he is. He could have been running off coverage for Cortland or making plays deep down field. He made some good catches preseason. We have a speedy receiver there, Spencer doesn't seem to be a true WR at all. Brown sunk into oblivion.


The real question is how will they add receivers not if will it be FA such as Robbie Anderson or a trade such as Stefon Diggs there were trade rumors on him this past season and he has ties to Pat Shurmur. Or will they go to the draft which is deep in receiver but usually takes a season before they really contribute. I’ll be really interested when FA starts to see what direction the Broncos go.


How about this...Broncos sign Greene in FA...I know he is on the wrong side of 30, but if he can give Denver a year or two, and they can then draft a WR that they can develop..Ruggs would be great but may be gone before Broncos pick at 15...I was thinking of Denzel Mims perhaps?


The Broncs just dont have enough weapon's at the skill positions to hang with the Chiefs yet. I'd like to see the broncs package one of their 3 round picks with a later round pick/player? to move up in the second. I want to draft the best available receiver in 1st round at 15 not named Henry Ruggs. What about big catch radius, jump ball, Tee Higgins opposite Sutton? I want to come out of the 2nd round with RB Clyde Edward's Helaire and speedy and elusive Jalen Reagor. Then I would promote Muhammed at RB and cut Booker and Freeman. Think of all that fire power. A totally different offense that would strike fear in opposing D coordinators


Just try to stop this O

Cortland sutton
*Tee Higgins, or preferably Jerry Jeudy if there at 15
*Jalen Reagor
DeShean Hamilton
Juwan Winfree
Kelvin McKnight from PS- (seriously, look at his college highlight reel)

Phillip Lindsey
*Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Kalif Muhammed from PS
Andy Janovich

Noah Fant
Andrew Beck
Troy Fumagali
Jake Butt?

Now that can hang with Chiefs!


Offer The Colts our #15 pick in the 1st Round and a player (Freeman, Booker, Winfree, Brandon Allen) for their two picks in the 2nd round...move down and stock up on offense