Tim Patrick out through injury –

July 27, 2022; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) catches the ball during training camp at the UCHealth Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Pads were breaking out at the UCHealth Training Center as the Denver Broncos conducted their first day in full pads.

Unfortunately, an injury to key receiver Tim Patrick has everyone in Broncos Country holding their breath.

Denver Broncos lose two players to injury in practice

During the Broncos’ team period on Tuesday, Tim Patrick made a fantastic catch over cornerback Essang Bassey.

After going down with the hold, Patrick fell to the ground, immediately grabbing his knee.

The entire Broncos roster rallied around Patrick, offering their support as medical staff carried him off the field.

Patrick will undergo an MRI which will reveal the extent of the injury.

Earlier in the day, Broncos running back Damarea Crockett also left practice with an apparent knee injury and is also undergoing an MRI.

As NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported, the initial fear is that both injuries are significant.

Who steps in if Tim Patrick runs out of time?

The Broncos’ depth in training camp includes a variety of wide receivers vying for a spot on the 53-man roster.

After Patrick left practice, the offense continued to involve their receivers with multiple reps including Trey Quinn, Kendall Hinton, Brandon Johnson, Travis Fulgham and standout rookie Montrell Washington.

If Patrick were to miss at any time, Denver could count on a host of players to step in.

“Whenever these things happen, it’s about supporting the man because we’re about the whole team,” Hackett said after practice on Tuesday. “But at the same time, now turn it around and say ‘hey, now everyone has to pick it up and someone has to show up.’

For the Broncos, they will have to rely on the depth of their training camp while awaiting Patrick’s diagnosis.

Montrell Washington shines day 6

Broncos rookie receiver Montrell Washington continues to step up when called by the offense.

In Tuesday’s practice, Washington helped the Broncos offense earn a two-minute window to move the ball after netting a touchdown pass from Brett Rypien as time expired.

Washington celebrated in the end zone with a standing backflip. Shortly after the two-minute period, Washington made another deep hold on the left sideline.

With Patrick and KJ Hamler’s injury coming back into the mix ahead of the regular season, Washington could emerge as a big contributor on offense.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett alluded to the importance of versatility last week regarding the role of receivers in this offense.

“Again, it’s because we want them to be multiple,” Hackett said during the first week of training camp. “We don’t want just one guy doing one thing, we don’t want a one-move guy, we don’t want an outside guy. We want to be able to try to put them in as many different places as possible and kind of build all of their course trees. Whether it’s in the slot, whether it’s in the super tight, whether it’s on the outside, whether it’s offside, whether it’s deep in the court. I think with all the guys we’ve had, they’ve done a great job.

The rookie cornerback stands out

The Broncos’ secondary depth includes a variety of players who could play a big role in the defensive rotation or as potential starters.

Rookie cornerback Damarri Mathis made several impressive plays during Tuesday’s team period.

The Broncos offense tested Mathis twice on the field with Trey Quinn and Seth Williams, but Mathis did a terrific job fitting in at the hip and fending off one pass and shielding the receiver from another.

Heading into the preseason, Mathis could see a significant amount of snapping as the Denver Broncos try to solidify their cornerback depth heading into the regular season.

Is there a betting competition going on?

During the Broncos’ special teams period, both punters Corliss Waitman and veteran Sam Martin each took turns throwing the ball down the field.

Waitman’s first punt of the day exploded to the right side of the field, allowing time for the covering unit to come down near the returner.

Martin’s first punt attempt of the day was blocked by Kendall Hinton who came off the edge at the last minute.

A major factor in the punting team having better coverage success this season revolves around suspension time.

Waitman had the best hang time of the day with a punt hanging in the air for 5.24 seconds, once again allowing the cover team to converge.

Martin’s second punt attempt of the day reversed the field position positively, pinning the offense inside the five-yard line.

As the Broncos prepare for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 13, there could be some competition for the starting punter position under new special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes.

The Denver Broncos will continue training tomorrow at the UCHealth Training Center for Day 7 of Broncos camp.

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