The past two weeks have been the best of Tim Patrick's young career as an NFL wide receiver.
The former University of Utah standout also knows it's important to keep that success in perspective in the business-driven world of the NFL.
Patrick, an undrafted wide receiver who's played for three NFL teams in his two pro seasons, has caught a team-leading 12 passes for 150 yards in Denver's two most recent games as injuries pile up for Denver at the wideout position. Teammate Emmanuel Sanders recently went on injured reserve, while Courtland Sutton is dealing with a quad injury.
Sean Keeler of the Denver Post profiled Patrick's story before the Broncos lost to Cleveland on Saturday, when Patrick had five catches for 65 yards. The week before, he caught seven passes for 85 yards and had an 11-yard carry in a loss to San Francisco.
“I’m taking it one day at a time,” Patrick, who spent last year on the Broncos' practice squad, told Keeler. “Just continuing to build my resume.”
Patrick also said a former BYU wide receiver, K.O. Kealaluhi, helped him develop his streetball mentality. Kealaluhi, a key member of the 1996 Cougar football team that went 14-1 and finished No. 5 in the polls, was Patrick's position coach at Grossmont (California) Community College.3 comments on this story
"He said (it was a) streetball mentality because I’m wild,” Patrick told Keeler, about Kealaluhi. “And not in respect of how I’m speaking, talking. But the way I get in and out of my breaks. My release is not normal. It’s a lot different. He said, ‘Some people, you can’t coach them, you’ve just got to let them do what they do.’ He made me put confidence in myself by letting me play the way I wanted to play.”
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