Jerry Jeudy
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Jeudy with the Denver Broncos in 2021
No. 10 – Denver Broncos
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1999-04-24) April 24, 1999 (age 23)
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, Florida)
College:Alabama (2017–2019)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2022
Receptions:95
Receiving yards:1,436
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jerry Davarus Jeudy (born April 24, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, where he was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best wide receiver as a sophomore in 2018, and was drafted by the Broncos with the 15th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Jeudy attended Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he played high school football. As a high school senior in 2016, he had 76 receptions for 1,054 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jeudy was rated as a five star recruit, the third highest rated wide receiver in the country and 21st highest rated recruit overall by the 247Sports Composite.[1] He committed to the University of Alabama to play college football on July 28, 2016.[2][3][4]

College career

Freshman year: 2017

Jeudy enrolled early at Alabama and participated in spring practice for the 2017 season. He was named the MVP of Alabama's A-Day spring game after catching five passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.[5] Jeudy caught his first career pass in Alabama's second game of the season against Fresno State. In total, Jeudy amassed 14 receptions for 264 yards and two touchdowns during his true freshman season.[6]

Sophomore year: 2018

During the spring before his sophomore season in 2018, Jeudy underwent surgery for a meniscus injury which led him to miss part of spring practice.[7] He fully recovered in time for fall camp, saying "I feel great, actually. I forgot I got injured to be real."[8] Jeudy was named third-team preseason All-SEC at SEC Media Days.[9]

Jeudy caught six touchdown passes in Alabama's first three games of the 2018 season, including a 136-yard, two-touchdown performance against Ole Miss. He had 135 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas on October 6, and the next week set a career high with 147 yards and a touchdown against Missouri. He had 139 yards and a touchdown in Alabama's loss to Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.[10]

Jeudy was named a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC. He was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best wide receiver. His 14 receiving touchdowns led the conference and was tied for third nationally, and his 1,315 receiving yards were second in the conference behind Ole Miss's A. J. Brown.[11]

Junior year: 2019

Jeudy with Alabama in 2019
Jeudy with Alabama in 2019

Jeudy was a unanimous pre-season All-American heading into his junior year,[12][13] and a favorite to repeat as the Biletnikoff Award winner. Numerous publications named him among the best returning players in the country, and he was listed on several Heisman Trophy watchlists.[14][15][16]

Jeudy was the Crimson Tide's leading receiver in each of their first two games, finishing with 137 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Duke, and 103 yards and three touchdowns against New Mexico State the following week.[10] Jeudy eclipsed 100 yards in only two more games during the regular season, in part due to the season-ending injury of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He finished the regular season with 959 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns and was again named first-team All-SEC.[17] He capped off his junior season with six receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson Tide's win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.[18] In January 2020, Jeudy announced he would forgo his senior season by entering the 2020 NFL Draft.[19]

College statistics

Season Team GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2017 Alabama 14 14 264 18.9 36 2
2018 Alabama 15 68 1,315 19.3 81 14
2019 Alabama 13 77 1,163 15.1 85 10
Career[20] 42 159 2,742 17.2 85 26

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
32+18 in
(0.82 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.45 s 1.56 s 2.59 s 4.53 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
9
All values from NFL Combine[21]

Jeudy was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[22][23] He was the second wide receiver selected, behind Henry Ruggs (Las Vegas Raiders, 12th overall).[24] On July 23, 2020, Jeudy signed a 4-year, $15.192 million contract with the team, with an $8.6 million signing bonus.[25]

2020 season

See also: 2020 Denver Broncos season

On September 14, 2020, Jeudy made his NFL debut in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, recording four receptions for 56 yards in the 14–16 loss.[26] In Week 4, against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football, Jeudy recorded his first professional touchdown reception a 48-yard on a pass from Brett Rypien.[27] In Week 9, against the Atlanta Falcons, he had his first 100-yard game with seven receptions for 125 receiving yards during the 34–27 loss.[28] In Week 16, Jeudy was credited with 5 drops in addition to 6 catches for 61 yards in a 16–19 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.[29] Jeudy finished the season with 9 total drops according to NBC Sports, tied for second most in the league with fellow rookie CeeDee Lamb,[30] though PFF credits Jeudy with 12 drops on the season.[31] His 44% catch rate was one of the lowest in the league among qualified receivers in 2020.

2021 season

See also: 2021 Denver Broncos season

Jeudy recorded six catches for 72 yards[32] in Week 1 against the New York Giants before suffering a high ankle sprain that caused him to leave the game.[33] He was placed on injured reserve on September 14, 2021.[34] He was activated on October 30.[35] Jeudy finished the season with 38 receptions for 467 yards and zero touchdowns.[36]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 DEN 16 14 52 856 16.5 92T 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0
2021 DEN 10 5 38 467 12.3 40 0 2 3 1.5 3 0 1 0
2022 DEN 2 2 5 113 22.6 67 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 28 21 95 1,436 15.1 92T 4 2 3 1.5 3 0 3 0

Personal life

While Jeudy was a senior in high school in 2016, his seven-year-old sister Aaliyah died.[37][38] In Jeudy's senior year of high school, he earned straight A's.[39]

Jeudy is of Haitian descent.[40]

Jeudy wears a Jewish Star of David necklace, even though he is not Jewish.[41][42] His reason is that due to his surname being "Jeudy," people sometimes call him simply the first syllable -- "Jew"; so he got the necklace.[41][42]

Legal troubles

On May 12, 2022, Jeudy was arrested in Arapahoe County, Colorado and charged with second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from an alleged non-violent incident with his girlfriend, who has since asked that the charges be dropped. [43]

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