The Denver Broncos recently lost one of their best players on offense, and he is expected to be out for the season. Tim Patrick was a vital part of what the Broncos have done on that side of the ball for the last three years or so. He was likely going to be one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets throughout the 2022 season.

With Patrick out for the year with a torn ACL, the Broncos will need to find someone to help fill that void that is now there. They could go sign someone in free agency that would help out down the road after learning the offense for a month, or they could find that guy within the team.

Broncos’ rookies could fill the void

One of the big storylines throughout camp has been rookie wide receiver Montrell Washington, and how well he has played. Now, I’m not saying he will replicate all of what Patrick brought to the offense by himself, but he can be a big chunk of it.

Washington doesn’t have the same size that Patrick has. At 5’10”, Washington is six inches shorter than Patrick, but his speed is what makes him special. That, and his ability to run routes. Washington has a 4.38 40-yard dash time, so it is evident that the speed is there. Now, it is just about whether or not he can put it together when he does get those opportunities.

The other storyline we have been watching during camp is rookie tight end Greg Dulcich out of UCLA. At 6’4”, Dulcich has the size of a tight end and the speed of a receiver. He has also had a great camp so far in his little time being in camp. Dulcich will likely get some more run between him and Albert Okwuegbunam as the top two tight ends on the team.

There is still a long way to go, but the fact Dulcich and Washington are stepping up helps validate some of the decisions the Broncos made over the offseason. It’s probably safe to assume the Broncos and their fans want to see more decisions play out in this manner.

The Broncos are in a critical season this year. They threw themselves into the NFL spotlight with all the offseason moves they made. And, they’re in what is consider the hardest division in the league.

This injury with Tim Patrick certainly won’t make things easier, but who said it was going to be easy?

But, so far, Dulcich and Washington seem to be making things a little easier, considering the circumstances.

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