ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos‘ wide receiver group has plenty of talent, upside and potential.
They are also a football riddle, a mysterious maybe in the team’s latest attempt to dig out of offensive woes that have contributed to a playoff drought that dates back to the Super Bowl 50 victory.
Consider: since Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler arrived in the 2020 draft as first- and second-round picks respectively, Jeudy, Hamler, Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton have played in two games together over three seasons.
Two. Out of 50.
Sutton tore the ACL in his left knee in 2020, Hamler suffered a torn left ACL and hip injury in 2021 and Patrick tore his right ACL in training camp last summer.
But as another training camp approaches — Broncos rookies are scheduled to report July 19, veterans July 25 — they are left to wonder what it all could look like if they can avoid the injuries and offensive inconsistencies that have curtailed their progress.
“It would be amazing,’’ Patrick said.
The Broncos rebuffed trade discussions about Jeudy and Sutton this past offseason because they believe in what some opposing general managers have said is the Broncos’ most talented group on the depth chart. Here’s a look at what might be the Broncos’ most intriguing position groups as camp opens.
How hard have the Broncos tried to make this work?
The Broncos have certainly spun the wheel at quarterback, head coach and offensive coordinator during their current seven-year trek in the playoff desert, but an argument could be made they haven’t tried harder in the draft than they have at wide receiver.
In the last seven drafts, the Broncos have used 11 picks on wide receivers, with at least one wide receiver selected in each of those seven drafts. That includes rookie Marvin Mims, who was selected in the second round last April, No. 63 overall out of Oklahoma.
The Broncos have one 1,000-yard…