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Browns Adding Big Play Threat In Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy

On Saturday the Browns and Denver Broncos completed a trade that will bring the former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to Cleveland in exchange for two later round draft picks.

Browns General Manager Andrew Berry has had his eyes on Jerry Jeudy for a few offseasons now. 

Last March, smoke started percolating out of Berea as the Browns were inquiring about the soon-to-be 25-year-old burner to their roster. Those rumors popped up again around the trade deadline last season. Several months later the stars finally aligned and Berry was able to get the deal done giving up fifth and sixth round picks to push the deal through.

Jeudy stands at 6'1 and the calling card to his game is his ability to stretch the field. 

His career got off to a promising start in 2020 when he exploded for 856 yards on just 52 catches for three scores, including a 92-yard touchdown. Denver suddenly thought they had a promising young star. 

Jan 7, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The only issue for Jeudy is that he and his quarterbacks never found a rhythm. 2021 was a disappointing year as the Broncos were in quarterback limbo with the combination of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock finding Jeudy for 467 yards but no touchdowns.

He immediately bounced back in 2022 when Russell Wilson joined the Broncos with a six touchdown nearly 1,000-yard season. His fourth and now final season in Denver was below average at best. He compiled 758 yards and just two touchdowns out in Denver. 

Inconsistent quarterback play has certainly played a role in Jeudy's up-and-down career. Throughout his time in Denver he caught passes from Lock, Jeff Driskell, Brett Rypien, Bridgwater, Wilson and Jarett Stidham. Not exactly a murderer's row of quarterbacks.

The stats back that notion up to. Over his career, he has a total of 211 catches on 356 targets for a catch rate of 59 percent. Of those 145 wayward tries, only 18 of them were drops.

For Jeudy this is a fresh start and a tryout for his future. He is on the final year of his rookie deal and has a chance to earn a big pay day if he bounces back in 2024. For Cleveland, they acquire a guy who solves a big issue for them as a vertical threat. 

Andrew Berry strikes again.