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4 Top WRs to Replace Tim Patrick in Broncos' First-Team Offense

Who benefits from the tragic injury to Tim Patrick?

Day 6 of Broncos training camp was the first one in which they practiced in full pads and a pair of devastating injuries came with it. Starting wide receiver Tim Patrick and backup running back Damarea Crockett saw their seasons end in horrible fashion, with both tearing an ACL in a non-contact situation.

Crockett was injured on a special teams drill, planting the wrong way and falling uncomfortably to the turf. Patrick suffered his injury after making a tremendous reception over cornerback Essang Bassey, seeing his knee buckle horrendously as he turned up field after the catch.

While the injury to Crockett is severe, the loss of Patrick is one that sends a massive ripple effect throughout the Broncos' wide receiver room. Patrick is arguably the most reliable receiver the Broncos have had over the past couple of seasons and figured to be a key cog in the passing game. 

His leadership on the field will be sorely missed, as multiple players specifically have mentioned how much he means to them on a personal level. The news sucks. 

Crockett was fighting his tail off to overthrow Mike Boone as the team’s third running back, and Patrick was poised to have a breakout season with Russell Wilson throwing him the football in an offense that accentuated his skill set. But the season goes on.

In terms of replacing Crockett on the roster, there is a good possibility that the team brings in another body off of the street, possibly another as well. With Patrick, there is a sense that the team may opt to look in-house to fill his slot with some of the quality depth the team currently possesses.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center.
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Denver Bronco wide receiver Brandon Johnson (36) during mini camp drills at UCHealth Training Center.

The roster math with boundary receivers and slot receivers gets tricky with adding Johnson here, but the one thing that Hinton doesn’t do is play on the special teams units. If Denver wants to keep a sixth receiver on the roster, the battle between Hinton and Johnson is one to watch. 

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