Vic Fangio considers Jerry Jeudy’s terrible showing a career-defining moment

Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy had maybe his most baffling game in the NFL on Sunday.

The 2020 first-round draft pick had five drops against the LA Chargers, remembering two late for the first half that would’ve assisted the Broncos with getting points on the board before the break.

“Sometimes drops happen,” Jeudy said. “It just happened too many times today. That’s unacceptable.”

Jeudy’s five drops matched his total output from the first 15 weeks of the season. The college star out of Alabama, who basically reacted with “never” when inquired as to whether he’s ever had a performance like this, has only two touchdowns contrasted with 10 drops.

“I’ve just got to make plays,” Jeudy said. “Nobody stopped me. I was open. I’ve just got to finish. I beat myself today.”

Training 13-0 at the break, the Broncos retaliated in the second half with sights set on another late final quarter rebound. Subsequent to tying the score 16-16 with just shy of three minutes remaining, Denver surrendered the triumphant field goal with less than a minute left on the clock. The Broncos’ three-point misfortune comes almost two months after Denver raged back to defeat the Chargers 31-30 on a Nov. 1 game in Week 8.

The drops from Jeudy late in the second quarter could’ve helped the Broncos go 2-0 against the Chargers. In any case, regardless of the negativity surrounding the youthful player for his poor performance, Broncos coach Vic Fangio trusts Jeudy could gain from this pushing ahead.

“He’s got to come back from it,” Fangio said. “It could be a defining moment in his career. He’s got to come back, have a great week of practice, catch a bunch of balls, and then show up on Sunday when the balls are thrown to him, he’ll catch it.”

Jeudy and the Broncos will get one more possibility this season to bounce back. Denver has the Las Vegas Raiders one week from now in its season finale.

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