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Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is optimistic that the 2022 season will be special after the club acquired quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Every detail matters with (Wilson),” Jeudy said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 News. “You learn a lot, just how hard he works and how focused he is when he’s on the field and on the board.”

Jeudy added: “I feel like we are going to be a very explosive team. I feel like we’ve got all the pieces we needed, so we’ve just gotta put it together, and I am excited that is going to happen.”

Wilson, a former Super Bowl champion, brings leadership and stability to the Broncos after spending 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle traded the nine-time Pro Bowl passer to the Broncos for a bevy of picks that included two first-round selections.

Meanwhile, Jeudy is looking to bounce back after experiencing a series of setbacks last season. The 2020 first-round selection missed seven games in his second year due to an ankle injury and time spent on the COVID-19 list. He tallied 38 receptions for 467 yards and zero touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per catch.

The Alabama product is hopeful that with Wilson under center, he can surpass his totals from a promising rookie season in 2020. He recorded 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns in his first year.

Jeudy also shared that he is healthy ahead of training camp after missing OTAs with a strained groin. The 23-year-old wideout is expected to be a key figure in a Broncos’ pass-catching group that features Courtland SuttonKJ Hamler, and Tim Patrick.

Denver is aiming to improve its 7-10 record from last season. The AFC West club hired Nathaniel Hackett as its head coach after parting ways with Vic Fangio. The former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator will attempt to elevate Denver’s 211.4 passing yards per game and 10.9 yards per reception averages from last year.

The Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos enter the 2022 season with high expectations after bringing in new starting quarterbacks this offseason. Denver acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster move, while Indy added Matt Ryan in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who made history with both the Colts and Broncos, thinks his former teams landed the right quarterbacks.

“Russell and Matt, they have high expectations for themselves,” Manning said at the “Manning Passing Academy” on Friday, according to NFL.com’s Michael Baca. “They want to work together with the team, get on the same page, and want to help the team win and do their part. So I think both of them will handle that well.”

Manning talked to both quarterbacks before the trades were completed.

“For Matt, in particular, he kind of mentioned that Atlanta was looking for possibly a trade, and he was asking about Indy,” Manning said. “I just kind of really liked that match. I thought it would be great for Matt in this second chapter for him, and I thought it would be really good for the Colts, who I think are really close and have a lot of pieces and just could really use a veteran leader. He and (Colts head coach) Frank Reich have really hit it off.”

Ryan played 14 seasons in Atlanta. The 2016 NFL MVP became the franchise’s all-time passing leader with 59,735 yards and 367 touchdowns, though he was limited to 3,968 yards and 20 TD passes last season. The 37-year-old will now replace Carson Wentz, whom the Colts traded to the Washington Commanders after missing the playoffs in 2021.

Meanwhile, Wilson joins a Broncos team that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2015 – Manning’s last year in Denver. The 33-year-old Wilson earned nine Pro Bowl berths and helped the Seahawks win one Super Bowl title across 10 seasons in Seattle.

“It’s a new chapter for him,” Manning said of Wilson. “Broncos fans and players are hungry. We’ve been in a little bit of a drought the past few years, and it’s time to get the Broncos back to where they’re supposed to be.”

Manning spent his first 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, winning four MVP awards and lifting the Lombardi Trophy once. He then signed with the Broncos, with whom he earned another MVP honor and won a Super Bowl title.

Russell Wilson has a lot of appreciation for his time in Seattle but recognizes that he’ll have to find a way to treat his Week 1 matchup against the Seahawks like any other game.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting time. Obviously, Seattle’s meant the world to me over the past 10 years,” Wilson said Monday, according to DNVR’s Zac Stevens. “I think for me, it’s not emotional. It’s got to be non-emotional. You got to be able to go into it with the understanding that it’s just ball.”

Wilson’s new club, the Denver Broncos, will open their season on the road in a Monday Night Football bout versus the Seahawks.

The 33-year-old spent 10 seasons in Seattle before being dealt to Denver in a stunning trade earlier this offseason. He left many memories with his former side, including one Super Bowl championship, 104 wins, and nine Pro Bowl invites. Wilson previously said that the split was mutual.

“It will always be a special place in my heart forever,” Wilson said. “For me, it’s about going over there and trying to play the best football for our football team here and trying to go win.”

The Broncos added Wilson and head coach Nathaniel Hackett in hopes of getting their franchise back on track. Denver has missed the postseason in six straight seasons.

After the Denver Broncos were rendered spectators on the first night of the NFL draft last month, John Elway said he turned to his successor George Paton and told him, “great first-round pick!”

As in 10-year veteran QB Russell Wilson, whom Paton acquired from the Seahawks in exchange for Denver’s first- and second-round picks this year and next along with three veteran players.

Elway, who transitioned into an outside consultant role to Paton after his contract as the Broncos’ president of football operations expired earlier this year, praised his handpicked successor’s shrewdness in acquiring Wilson.

“We’re excited that he’s in town, there’s no question. He’s kind of the piece that we needed,” Elway said Wednesday following a news conference announcing the 2024 BMW Championship golf tournament would be played at Castle Pines Golf Course, where he’s a board member.

Wilson, Elway said, has “a good football team around him. George did a tremendous job of putting that deal together and getting him up here. So, it’s great to see that fan base energized again, and we’ve got a chance to compete in that AFC West, which is obviously going to be tough.”

Elway, who won two Super Bowls as a player and another as a front-office executive in Denver, never was able to find a suitable successor to Peyton Manning.

He said he’s thrilled the Broncos look like they’ll be competitive again with Wilson under center.

“Like any year, we’ve got to stay healthy, and we’ve had a tough time doing that the last several years,” Elway said. “So, if we can stay healthy, Russell’s been there, he’s won Super Bowls. He knows what it takes and the leadership that he’s providing is tremendous.”

Elway compared the effect of Wilson’s arrival to that of Manning’s in 2012 when No. 18 made all other players accountable and led them to two Super Bowls in four years.

Wilson faces an AFC West, however, that features fellow quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Derek Carr.

“It makes it tough, and the thing is they’re young, too, which makes it even tougher,” Elway said. “But it’ll make it exciting for the fans here in Denver and hopefully we can figure out how to make it to the top of the AFC West.”

Elway said Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto was a steal at No. 64 in the draft and that he should contribute right away along with UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich, the 80th overall selection.

Elway has been splitting his time between Southern California, where he’s building a new home, and Denver. He said he’s enjoying spending more time with his grandkids but wants to stay involved with the Broncos once the Bowlen family sells the franchise this summer.

Five finalists are in the process of touring the team’s headquarters and stadium and going over the books ahead of a sale that’s expected to top $4 billion, a record for a sports franchise.

Elway said he’ll reach out to the winning bidder and offer to help the new owners in any way he can, such as navigating relationships with the city and the NFL.

After completing his first voluntary minicamp practice with the Denver Broncos on Monday, quarterback Russell Wilson already can’t see playing anywhere else for the rest of his NFL career.

“I want to be here, obviously. I want to live here. Hopefully, I get to finish my career here,” Wilson said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7. “The city is amazing. The energy. The people. It’s a great sports town. The schools, everything. Everything is a big part of it for me and my family.

“To be here is such an exciting thing, and hopefully, we will win a lot of football games.”

Wilson has previously said he wants to play until he’s 45. The veteran turns 34 in November, so he’d need to play another 11 seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to the Broncos in a blockbuster move in March, concluding a 10-year relationship and ending Denver’s long hunt for a successor to Peyton Manning.

Wilson will be working under only his second NFL head coach, Nathaniel Hackett, after spending his entire Seahawks career with Pete Carroll.

The quarterback heaped praise on Hackett, who spent three seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator before the Broncos hired him to replace Vic Fangio in January.

“He’s an amazing teacher. I think that’s what I love about it,” said Wilson. “Everyone is learning at such a rapid pace. He just brings great energy. He’s young, he’s vibrant. He brings that intelligence to the game.

“Our relationship is really tight. To give him little handoffs here and there, somebody said they call him ‘White Lightning.’ I don’t know about that, but he looked good.”

Wilson will look to rebound with the Broncos after a disappointing final season with Seattle. The Seahawks finished 7-10 in 2021, missing the playoffs for only the second since Wilson arrived in 2012.

The signal-caller missed three games due to a thumb injury – the first missed starts of his career – and finished the year with a career-low 3,113 passing yards and his fewest touchdowns (25) since the 2016 campaign.

Peyton Manning is hoping to make things easier for Russell Wilson as he embarks on a new journey with the Denver Broncos.

Like Wilson, Manning arrived in Denver after a long successful stint with the team that drafted him. The Hall of Fame quarterback found success with the Broncos and has offered advice to Wilson to help with his transition.

“I’ve talked to Russell a number of times,” Manning told Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. “And we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time.

“(I’ve had) conversations (with coach Nathaniel) Hackett as well about some of those things, maybe some dos and don’ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year.”

The Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to Denver in early March after 10 seasons with the team, where he won two NFC championships and a Super Bowl title.

The Broncos are coming off a disappointing 7-10 season, but Manning anticipates major improvements for the team with Wilson under center.

“Look, it’s all about having continuity and consistency,” Manning said. “The fact that Russell is the starting quarterback today – we know that. There is no quarterback competition (like last year). Every receiver knows they need to get their timing with him down to a perfect science. That’s the world I always lived in and always believed in, and that’s just going to pay great dividends for the team.”

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton downplayed any early praise he received for his blockbuster acquisition of Russell Wilson.

“I don’t get out much. My family doesn’t praise me,” Paton said Sunday, according to Mike Klis of 9News. “The fact is we won seven games. I’m a 7-10 GM. No one cares if you win the offseason. They only care if you win the regular season. We keep everything in perspective.”

The Broncos hired Paton last offseason in hopes of turning around the franchise’s fortunes. The club has failed to make the postseason in each of its last six seasons since winning Super Bowl 50 with Peyton Manning under center.

The Broncos have started 11 different players at quarterback since Manning retired. On the lookout for stability under center, rumors linked the club to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers before it landed Wilson.

Wilson spent 10 years with the Seattle Seahawks, earning nine Pro Bowl nods and one Super Bowl championship. He joins a Broncos offense that features rising talents such as Javonte WilliamsCourtland Sutton, and Jerry Jeudy.

Head coach Nathaniel Hackett said he plans to design an offense centered around his new signal-caller.

“Once (you) get to know him, understand him, we’ll build it around him. So what is it going to be? It’s going to be what Russell likes to do,” Hackett said.

Seattle Seahawks owner Jody Allen revealed Wednesday that Russell Wilson‘s trade to the Denver Broncos materialized due to the quarterback’s desire for a change of scenery.

“While Russell made it clear he wanted this change, he made Seattle proud and we are grateful for his decade of leadership on and off the field,” Allen said.

The stunning trade on March 8 ended the nine-time Pro Bowler’s tenure with the Seahawks after 10 seasons and one Super Bowl title.

Denver sent quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, tight end Noah Fant, two first-round picks, a pair of second-round selections, and a fifth-rounder to the Seahawks.

“When it became evident that Russell was interested in playing elsewhere, we used that opportunity to explore the market, allowing us to acquire three quality players, tremendous draft capital, and create salary-cap flexibility,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “We have a clear vision about the direction of this team, and this is an exciting time for our organization.”

Wilson offered a slightly different perspective, explaining at his introductory press conference in Denver that both sides wanted to move on.

“I didn’t initiate it. It was definitely mutual,” he said, according to Broncos reporter Aric DiLalla, adding that he’s honored to be with his new club.

“If I was going to waive my no-trade clause, it had to be to a winning football team,” Wilson explained.

The 33-year-old insists his goal “is to play 10-12 more years and win three or four more Super Bowls,” per James Palmer of NFL Network.

Broncos general manager George Paton said there was “a month of negotiations” before Denver and Seattle finally came to an agreement, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

“I’ve never met anyone who’s as obsessed with winning as Russ is,” Paton said, per DiLalla.

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in a stunning blockbuster, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Broncos will send two first-round picks (No. 9 overall in the 2022 draft and a 2023 pick), two second-round selections (No. 40 overall and a 2023 selection), and a 2022 fifth-round choice, adds Schefter.

Denver is also trading quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, and defensive lineman Shelby Harris back to the Seahawks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Wilson must waive his no-trade clause for the deal to become official. The Broncos will receive a fourth-round pick along with him.

Seattle will move on from Wilson after a 10-year marriage that was overwhelmingly successful despite some tense moments. Wilson led the Seahawks to their first-ever championship in Super Bowl XLVIII, made the Pro Bowl nine times, and turned a franchise that lacked national relevance for most of its existence prior to his arrival into a perennial contender.

The Seahawks pulled the trigger after months of speculation over Wilson’s future in the Pacific Northwest. The 33-year-old hinted at discontent with the Seahawks last offseason, and at one point last year, his agent listed four trade destinations – Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, and New Orleans – the quarterback would accept.

However, the two sides seemed to iron out their differences by the end of the 2021 campaign. Wilson stated his desire to stay in Seattle several times late in the year, and the team appeared to be on the same page.

“We have no intention of making any move there,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL combine six days ago when asked about potentially trading his star passer.

Wilson is coming off a down season by his standards, but he still threw for 3,113 yards and 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He missed three games with a finger injury, marking the first time in his career that he didn’t suit up for a full campaign. He owns the third-best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history at 3.36-to-1.

He’ll join a Broncos team that has been desperately seeking a franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning retired after Super Bowl 50. They were linked to Aaron Rodgers for over a year, but the four-time MVP confirmed he’s returning to the Packers.

The Broncos haven’t been to the postseason since their last title and have endured five straight losing seasons, but they are loaded with offensive talent. Even without the promising Fant, their other marquee targets – Courtland SuttonTim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy – are under control through 2024.

Wilson will join an AFC West division that was already stacked at quarterback: Patrick Mahomes plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, Justin Herbert leads the Los Angeles Chargers, and Derek Carr just had one of his best seasons for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Seattle rejected an offer from the Washington Commanders that included high draft picks in 2022, 2023, and 2024 before sending Wilson to Denver, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic. The Seahawks reportedly preferred to trade the quarterback out of the NFC.

The Washington Commanders offered the Seattle Seahawks multiple first-round picks in an unsuccessful attempt to acquire quarterback Russell Wilson, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Washington reportedly entered the offseason preparing to swing big on established quarterbacks. It scoured the market last year but only brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick and re-signed Taylor Heinicke in a pair of smaller moves.

Wilson has been the subject of trade speculation for more than a year. He appeared to be at odds with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll last offseason, but the two are now seemingly back on the same page.

The 33-year-old quarterback, who’s spent his entire career in Seattle, has repeatedly said in recent months that he wants to continue his career in the Pacific Northwest. Carroll and the Seahawks have issued the same stance.

“We have no intention of making any move there,” Carroll said at the NFL Scouting Combine when asked about a possible Wilson trade Wednesday.

While Wilson didn’t have his best season in 2021, he still outperformed Washington’s quarterbacks. He finished with 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns, and six interceptions through the air while missing three games with a finger injury.

Seattle and Washington both went 7-10 last season and missed the playoffs.