Home Breaking NewsWide receiver Tim Patrick overcame gruesome injury to maintain NFL dream – The Denver Post
Wide receiver Tim Patrick overcame gruesome injury to maintain NFL dream – The Denver Post

Wide receiver Tim Patrick overcame gruesome injury to maintain NFL dream – The Denver Post


Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick had two choices after suffering a gnarly compound fracture to his left leg as a junior at Utah in 2014: Give up football or find a way to put the debilitating injury behind him and grind toward his goal of becoming an NFL wide receiver.

Patrick couldn’t walk for four months, and was sidelined for 18 months. He believes the adversity he faced ultimately increased his odds of making it to the highest level, where he now has a chance to stick on the Broncos’ opening day roster.

“It made me a smarter football player, honestly,” Patrick said Tuesday. “Sitting out the whole year (2015), all I could do was watch film. I basically fell in love with the game more after that.”

Patrick, 24, has a chance to become Denver’s fifth receiver, or the sixth if the team chooses to carry an extra one, based on the depth chart released Tuesday.  Veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are locks to make the team. The undrafted Patrick — whom the Broncos signed to the practice squad Oct. 21 last season — is listed as the No. 3 receiver behind Sanders and Sutton at one of the two wideout spots.

“He plays the game the right way, plays really hard, tough guy (and) this is important to him,” wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni said. “He’s definitely ascending so hopefully he can keep that up these next four preseason games. He’s a big, tall, rangy guy – it’s hard to find those 6-4 guys. If he keeps improving, he’ll be all right.”

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