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Jerry Jeudy shines for Broncos in first game back from injury in 2021

Jerry Jeudy (#10) during a 2021 matchup for the Broncos against Washington
Ron Chenoy - USA Today Sports

Denver knew it had selected a special wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it needed a quarterback that could unlock the Jerry Jeudy from Alabama that college football fans saw for three years.

In getting Russell Wilson, the Broncos have a signal-caller that relates to Jeudy.

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The Broncos did not beat the Seattle Seahawks during its season opener on Monday Night Football; however, Denver fans are loving the Wilson to Jeudy connection. As a former five-star from South Florida, Jeudy separated from Seahawk defenders, performed excellent routes, and gave Wilson a consistent target all game. The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner totaled a team-high 102 yards receiving on four catches, including a 67-yard touchdown reception. Wilson had a slightly under-thrown ball to Jeudy in the second quarter. He had to stop and wait on the pass, but he brought it in, shook off a defender, and ran to the end zone.

After not scoring in 2021 and sustaining an ankle injury, it felt good for Crimson Tide fans to see Jeudy score.

He averaged 25.5 yards per catch on seven targets. Jeudy won a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017 and a Southeastern Conference Championship in 2018. He was a two-time 1,000-yard receiver for Alabama in 2018 and 2019.

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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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