Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy practices, in line to play Sunday

Field Level Media

September 14, 2023 at 11:05 pm.

Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy completed a full practice for the first time since Aug. 24 on Thursday, putting Denver’s No. 1 wide receiver in line to play this weekend against the visiting Washington Commanders.

Jeudy, 24, caught 67 passes for 972 yards and six touchdowns last season and was touted by head coach Sean Payton as a top target in the new offense.

Payton said Jeudy nearly played in Week 1, but the team kept him out of the loss to the Las Vegas Raiders as a precaution.

In August, Jeudy limped out of joint practices with the Los Angeles Rams favoring his right leg. His status was a major concern with wide receiver Tim Patrick (torn Achilles) lost for the season on July 31.

Broncos offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi knows the value of Jeudy to the team’s offense.

“He’s a great route-runner,” he said. “You feel really good when he’s matched up man-to-man, so when you recognize that, (he’s) someone you look to early as a quarterback. (He’s) a guy that consistently can get separation. The more receivers that you have that can win those one-on-one matchups, the easier it is. It’ll definitely be good to have him back.”

Jeudy has 157 catches for 2,295 yards and nine touchdowns in 41 games (33 starts) since the Broncos selected him 15th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.