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Former Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy grabbing more first-team reps for Denver Broncos at training camp

Jerry Jeudy takes the field for training camp with the Denver Broncos for his rookie season
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Jerry Jeudy was regarded as the “most complete” wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft for a reason.

His ability to distribute his weight and transition in and out of breaks is second to none.

Also, the native Floridian has strong hands, great speed and a bevy of route concepts committed to memory. As a five-star at the University of Alabama, he twice earned a 1,000-yard season in 2018 and 2019 — including a Fred Biletnikoff Award-winning campaign as a sophomore with 1,315 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns on 68 catches. Jeudy was a national champion in 2017 and a Southeastern Conference champion in 2018, prior to the Denver Broncos selecting him at No. 15 overall.

According to a report from Nick Kosmider, who covers the Broncos for The Athletic, Jeudy has been highly impressive at training camp and received more first-team reps on Sunday.

Per reports from the Broncos, the talented rookie made several impressive plays downfield on Sunday and caught the attention of veteran defensive back, Kareem Jackson. He was a disciplined cornerback for the Crimson Tide from 2006 to 2009, but Jackson is now in his 11th season in the National Football League and second year at Denver.

Jackson said he has never seen anyone get in and out breaks better than Jeudy.

“For him (Jeudy) to be a rookie, his tempo on his routes, the way he is able to change pace and sell things is very rare,” Jackson said.

The main thing reporters kept talking about was how Jeudy did so many things at a high level.

Denver wanted to sure this offseason that Drew Lock would have a lot of talent around him.

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With adding Jeudy, the second-year quarterback has a cast of receivers, a gifted tight end (Noah Fant) and two solid running backs in Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon.

The Broncos should make the playoffs this season, especially with Jeudy in the slot.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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