Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #14
Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #14
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Courtland Sutton News

Restructures deal with Denver

The Broncos converted $10.5 million of Sutton's contract into a signing bonus Sunday to create $7.875 million in salary cap room, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Sutton inked a four-year, $60.8 million extension with the Broncos in November, and it didn't take long for the team to rework the deal in order to create some cap space. The 26-year-old caught 58 of 98 targets for 776 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games last season, and his outlook for 2022 is on the rise since Denver will have a major upgrade at quarterback following the acquisition of Russell Wilson.

Mar 20, 2022 9:53 AM EST

Quiet in season finale

Sutton caught one of three targets for 13 yards while also completing his only pass for 16 yards in Saturday's 28-24 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Sutton ended the season in underwhelming fashion, much like his production throughout 2021. The 26-year-old finished the season with 58 catches for 776 yards and just two touchdowns. While many felt that Sutton had the potential for a big year, an ineffective passing game and shaky quarterback play contributed to his lack of success. In November, the veteran wideout signed a four-year, $60.8 million contract with the Broncos, so it is clear that the team sees him as a big part of their future. The Broncos could look to free agency or the draft in order to address their quarterback woes, as neither Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock appear to be the long-term answer at the position. An upgrade at quarterback could be what helps to take this offense to the next level and make Sutton a fantasy star. With Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant, the Broncos have an attractive group of pass catchers that may very well attract a high-level free agent signal caller to Denver.

Jan 12, 2022 4:44 AM EST

Three grabs against Bolts

Sutton caught three of five targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: With Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick both unable to clear the COVID-19 protocols in time to suit up Sunday, Sutton was the Broncos' top wideout and put together his best yardage total since Week 7. The team's passing game could be at full strength, including the return of Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), in Week 18 against Kansas City however, which would likely limit Sutton's upside.

Jan 2, 2022 8:14 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Sutton (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.  

Analysis: Sutton, whom coach Vic Fangio indicated earlier in the week could potentially land on the reserve/COVID-19 list, approached the contest officially listed as questionable, but he's available Sunday after all. With Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) currently on the COVID list, Sutton -- whose production of late has been modest -- is a bounce-candidate versus Los Angeles, given that he seems likely to see his share of Week 17 targets while heading a wideout corps that also includes Kendall Hinton, Diontae Spencer, Seth Williams and Travis Fulgham.

Jan 2, 2022 11:46 AM EST

In line to travel with team

Sutton (illness) has been cleared to travel with the Broncos in advance of Sunday's game against the Chargers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Sutton, who coach Vic Fangio previously indicated could land on reserve/COVID-19 list, is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, but Rapoport indicates the wideout is expected to play against the Chargers. If so, Sutton could be busy in week 17, with Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) currently on the COVID list.

Jan 1, 2022 12:30 PM EST

Listed as questionable for Sunday

Sutton (illness) was added to the Broncos' injury report Friday as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after being listed as non-participant in Friday's walkthrough, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio previously relayed that Sutton may land on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but that hasn't happened as of Friday's posted transactions. That said, both Troy Renck of Denver 7 News and Mike Klis of 9News Denver indicate that Sutton's status is pending, so his availability remains worth monitoring closely now that he's officially questionable for Week 17 action. Fellow wideouts Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) are currently on the team's COVID list.

Dec 31, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Could land on COVID list

Coach Vic Fangio relayed Friday that Sutton (undisclosed) may land on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: If that happens, the Broncos' wideout depth for Sunday's game against the Chargers could be depleted, with Tim Patrick (illness) already on the COVID list and Jerry Jeudy expected to be officially placed on it later Friday. As things stand, Kendall Hinton and Diontae Spencer are currently the team's wide receivers without any Week 17 availability concerns, with practice squad promotions presumably looming.

Dec 31, 2021 12:05 PM EST

Minimal production in loss

Sutton caught four of five targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Sutton continues to be plagued by an ineffective passing game, though his 33 yards in Sunday's contest were good for his highest total in the last seven weeks. The 26-year-old wideout is having an extremely disappointing fantasy season, having found the end zone just twice all season and averaging just under 47 yards per game. Things likely won't get any easier in Week 17 when the Broncos visit the Chargers.

Dec 29, 2021 6:50 AM EST

Upgrades to full activity

Sutton (wrist) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Sutton's reps were capped in the Broncos' first Week 16 session Wednesday, but his ability to upgrade to full activity a day later clears the way for him to play Sunday against the Raiders. With Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) ruled out for the contest, Sutton will be drawing targets this week from Drew Lock, who will be making his first start of thee season after previously coming on in relief of an injured Bridgewater on three other occasions. The quarterback change can't hurt Sutton's fantasy outlook, as he's been held to two or fewer receptions in each of the Broncos' last seven games after averaging 5.4 catches through the first seven contests.

Dec 23, 2021 2:42 PM EST

Limited session Wednesday

Sutton (wrist) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Sutton's name popped up on the Broncos' fairly lengthy Week 16 injury report Wednesday, though it remains to be seen if his listed wrist issue is anything that might impact his status for this weekend's game against the Raiders. In this past Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals, Sutton logged a 92 percent snap share, en route to catching just two passes for 12 yards.

Dec 22, 2021 4:17 PM EST

Can't produce with seven targets

Sutton recorded two receptions on seven targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Sutton led the team with seven targets, but he managed to finish only fourth on the team in both yards and receptions. Notably, he was targeted only twice in the second half with Drew Lock the primary quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater exited with a concussion. Regardless of who is under center in Denver, Sutton has been a large disappointment across the last seven games as he has yet to record more than two receptions or top 40 yards in that span.

Dec 19, 2021 7:38 PM EST

Quiet in win

Sutton caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Anyone hoping for a bounce back performance from Sutton in a favorable matchup against the Lions will be forced to wait another week. The wideout's one-catch performance Sunday was his latest in a string of disappointing fantasy days. In fact, since Jerry Jeudy's return in Week 8, Sutton is averaging roughly 19 receiving yards per game and has failed to have more than two catches in any of the last six contests. The 26-year-old is proving be extremely hard to trust with the fantasy playoffs ahead. Sutton's next three matchups against the Bengals, Raiders and Chargers make for a tough schedule down the stretch, so fantasy managers may want to look elsewhere.

Dec 14, 2021 8:21 AM EST

Catches two passes in loss

Sutton caught two of six targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Sutton continued his streak of disappointing performances, making it four straight games with under 30 receiving yards. His six targets tied fellow wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, but it was running back Javonte Williams who saw a team-high nine targets against the Chiefs. The 26-year-old wideout is struggling to produce for fantasy, and he has become very difficult to trust each week with the Broncos' continued struggles through the air. Week 13 presents a possible bounce-back spot for Sutton, as the Broncos will host the Lions.

Dec 7, 2021 4:54 AM EST

Quiet in Sunday's win

Sutton caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: None of the Broncos' big three wideouts reached 30 receiving yards in the game, as Denver's defense and running backs carried the day. Sutton has now gone three straight games with three targets or fewer and under 30 yards, making him a risky option in Week 13 against Kansas City.

Nov 28, 2021 7:14 PM EST

Agrees to four-year extension

The Broncos and Sutton agreed to terms Monday on a four-year, $60.8 million contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sutton's deal reportedly includes $34.9 million in guarantees. Denver inked fellow starting wideout Tim Patrick to a three-year extension just three days ago, and the team now finalizes its receiving corps for the foreseeable future by locking up Sutton, who tore his ACL in 2020 but has returned to full health. Though Sutton has struggled to produce in recent weeks, with just five catches for 78 yards and zero scores in his last three appearances, the 2018 second-round pick has flashed No. 1 potential and big time playmaking ability in his career, including a sophomore season with over 1,000 receiving yards. After a Week 11 bye, Sutton will get a chance to bounce back with a matchup against the Chargers.

Nov 22, 2021 7:40 AM EST

Continues to disappoint

Sutton secured two of three targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Sutton struggled to get anything going against Philadelphia, and the wideout ended the contest with just under a nine percent target share in the Broncos' passing game. Fellow wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick saw more targets than Sutton, but neither did much with their extra opportunities. Since Jeudy rejoined the lineup, Sutton has been an underwhelming player for fantasy and has seemingly taken a backseat to the other options in the Broncos' offense. Teddy Bridgewater's play in 2021 doesn't appear to be strong enough to support multiple pass catchers for fantasy, so it is possible that the veteran will continue to struggle to achieve consistent production. The 26-year-old will look to bounce back following the team's Week 11 bye.

Nov 15, 2021 7:20 AM EST

Catches one pass in win

Sutton caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over Dallas.

Analysis: On a day when the Broncos offense had surprising success against the Cowboys, Sutton was unable to get anything going. The wideout's two targets were the second-lowest of any Broncos pass catcher. On the other hand, teammate Jerry Jeudy saw a team-high eight targets in the contest. One would expect the target share to even out as the season progresses, but Jeudy's return means that Sutton may have games where he is less involved than fantasy managers would hope for. The 26-year-old will look to bounce back when the Broncos host the Eagles in Week 10.

Nov 9, 2021 6:40 AM EST

Only two catches in Sunday's win

Sutton caught two of four targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over Washington.

Analysis: The Broncos had what seemed to be a great matchup for their passing game against a vulnerable Washington secondary, but Sutton -- or any other Denver receiver -- wasn't able to take advantage. It's the third time this season the fourth-year wideout's been held to 40 yards or less, but Sutton may need to be a lot more productive in a Week 9 clash with the Cowboys.

Oct 31, 2021 7:53 PM EST

Five grabs in Week 7 loss

Sutton secured all five targets for 68 yards in the Broncos' 17-14 loss to the Browns on Thursday night.

Analysis: The star wideout tied with Noah Fant for second on the team in receptions, and his yardage total, fueled by a team-high 31-yard grab, easily paced either club on the night. Sutton did see a notable drop from the 14 targets he'd logged Week 6 against the Raiders, but it wasn't unexpected on a night when Teddy Bridgewater only put up 33 attempts and targeted nine different players. Sutton will look to bounce back with a bump in his overall numbers against the vulnerable Washington secondary in a Week 8 home matchup a week from Sunday.

Oct 21, 2021 8:49 PM EST

Draws 14 targets

Sutton caught eight receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown on 14 targets against Las Vegas on Sunday.

Analysis: It wasn't the most efficient effort for Sutton (57.1 percent catch rate, 6.7 yards per target), but the fact that Teddy Bridgewater looked Sutton's way on 28.6 percent of Denver's pass attempts is a testament to his workhorse-level talent at receiver. Other than a three-target game in Week 1, Sutton has drawn heavy usage in 2021, and now he heads into his seventh game with 471 yards and two touchdowns to his credit. Sutton been impressive in his return from his 2020 knee injury, to the point that the imminent return of Jerry Jeudy (ankle) might not harm Sutton's bottom line too much. The Broncos head to Cleveland for Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 6:24 PM EST

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