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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

This is Patrick’s third NFL team in a year-and-a-half. The Baltimore Ravens cut him after three months. The San Francisco 49ers lopped him after five weeks. Wideouts without a giant salary cap number attached to their name are a dime a dozen, as expendable as old light bulbs.

“You definitely appreciate it, especially when you get cut and you don’t have any of it (anymore),” Patrick said of his 96 combined yards receiving and rushing at San Francisco last Sunday. “I didn’t have any facilities, I didn’t have any coaching, no free food.

“That’s when you’d have to buy stuff for yourself, but then you’re like, ‘Why would I buy that stuff? As soon as I get on a team, I’ll get it for free.’ So then you don’t buy the stuff and you don’t put the right stuff in your body. You don’t train the same way. You can’t do the right recovery. So it sucks being at home, honestly.”

Edge rushers: Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos; Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints

Did the Browns make the right choice in bypassing Chubb in favor of cornerback Denzel Ward with the draft's No. 4 overall pick? That certainly appeared to be the case early in the season when Ward's playmaking ability was lifting the perennial AFC North doormat to upset victories. Cleveland's brass will get a chance to see Chubb in person this week as he stalks Mayfield around the gridiron in a matchup of two of the league's loaded draft classes. Chubb has already sailed past Von Miller's Denver rookie record of 11.5 sacks and has Kearse in the crosshairs with three games to play. The Broncos' bookend pass rushers boast the second- and fourth-highest sack rates (Miller 3.7, Chubb 3.5) in the NFL this season, combining for a league-leading 25.5 QB takedowns as a duo.

“I study film of myself to see if I’m giving tells, like if I’m leaning on certain routes or tells of me going vertical or not going vertical, something that would give away a route,” he explained. “Then once I notice what I’m messing up on on a route, I get reps. We do routes pretty much every day in practice.”

Sutton said the improvement has been spurred by the teachings of receivers coach Zach Azzanni, a newcomer to the Broncos’ staff this season, as well as the continued coaching from Sanders as he begins his arduous recovery.

“(Azzanni) never lets me fall off on my technique. He’s always on me about my technique, even in walkthroughs,” Sutton said. “… (Sanders) was giving us feedback just from what he saw on the TV copy. He didn’t even get to watch the film and break it down. Just from the TV copy he gave us some analysis of what he saw. And having a guy like that who isn’t here physically and can’t play for the rest of the year, having him still give advice to us is awesome.”

For as much as Broncos coach Vance Joseph wants quarterback Case Keenum to be more aggressive, the formula for winning is leaning on Lindsay.

“He has really good vision,” Cleveland coach Gregg Williams said. “You have everything stoned up pretty well and he can find (the opening). There (are) several examples where the defenses were pretty gap sound and he has enough vision to press it to the one leak or one area. Then he has the speed and the open-field burst to make chunk plays.”

Lindsay could become the sixth rookie running back in Broncos history to reach 1,000 yards (first since Clinton Portis in 2002 with a franchise rookie record 1,508 yards) and only the third undrafted rookie since 1970 to reach the mark. The other two are Indianapolis’ Dominic Rhodes (1,104 yards in 2001) and Tampa Bay’s LeGarrette Blount (1,007 in 2010).

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