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Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton

Wide Receiver #14
ADP:Round: 7, Pick: 12
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 218 lb.
College:SMU
Age:24
Born:October 10, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (40)
Draft Team:DEN

Courtland Sutton: Acquires supporting cast in draft

The Broncos doubled-up on wide receiver during the first two rounds of the draft, adding Jerry Jeudy of Alabama and KJ Hamler of Penn State to complement Sutton, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Sutton took a huge step in Year 2, flashing the ability to outmuscle defenders for the deep ball and make contested catch-and-runs like a true WR1. He struggled a bit, however, following the trade of Emmanuel Sanders, which enabled defenses to double- and triple-team him regularly with no established options opposite him. Though his targets per game were nearly identical before and after the Sanders trade, Sutton averaged 80.6 yards on 5.1 catches per game with Sanders on the roster as compared to 62.7 yards on 4.0 catches per game without him. Catching passes from two quarterbacks making their professional debuts certainly didn't help, but Sutton came into this offseason needing reinforcements in the receiving corps. Early draft picks at a player's own position typically spells doom, but Jeudy's technical prowess and Hamler's sub-4.3-40 speed will more likely help Sutton, freeing him up for one-on-ones which he has shown the ability to dominate.

April 25, 2020 7:42 AM EST

Courtland Sutton: Shows WR1 ability in 2019

Sutton caught 72 of 124 targets for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He added 38 yards passing and 17 yards rushing on three carries.

Analysis: Sutton continued his climb to a true WR1 with an impressive sophomore campaign, improving across statistical categories. Concerning, however, was the fact that is numbers, much like the end of 2018, fell off in the absence of Emmanuel Sanders. In seven games with Sanders opposite him, Sutton averaged 5.1 catches on 7.7 targets per game for 80.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. In nine games without Sanders, Sutton averaged 4.0 catches on 7.8 targets per game for 60.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns as pass defenses shifted heavily toward him. Sutton definitely has the ability to be a dominant receiver, diving touchdowns over the likes of Denzel Ward and Casey Hayward come to mind, but the drop-off warrants consideration. The fact that eight of those Sanders-less games were played with quarterbacks making their first career starts doubtlessly impacted Sutton's statistics, but the differences also show a real need for Denver to acquire a strong WR2 opposite Sutton in the offseason. Assuming Denver acquires that receiver, along with the continued development of the likes of Noah Fant and DaeSean Hamilton, Sutton could be a darkhorse potential top-10 receiver in 2020.

January 4, 2020 12:06 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Snags four passes in win

Sutton caught four of eight targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 16-15 win over the Raiders. He temporarily left the game with a head injury, but returned, Brandon Krisztal of KOA Colorado reports.

Analysis: The Broncos weren't doing much at all on offense early on when Sutton skied for a big 19-yard reception between two defenders early in the second quarter, kick-starting a field-goal drive. Sutton ended 2019 with 72 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. His full value is not reflected in the numbers as he drew 13 defensive penalties this season, second-best in the league, but he slowed down the stretch as teams endeavored to take him away with Denver lacking other established weapons. He was held under 55 yards in four of his last six games and only topped 100 yards twice during the season. Expect him to make strides in 2020 with more of a rapport built with Drew Lock and a stronger WR2 high on Denver's shopping list.

December 29, 2019 5:46 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Exits Sunday's game

Sutton was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a possible concussion, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit, Sutton hauled in four of his eight targets for 52 yards. In his absence, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick are next up for the Broncos' wideout targets.

December 29, 2019 3:36 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Held in check by Lions

Sutton reeled in five of 10 targets for 41 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-17 win against Detroit.

Analysis: The second-year wideout from SMU has banked 10 targets in each of his past two outings after failing to exceed nine targets in any game between Weeks 1 and 14. Though Sutton has seen elevated involvement of late, his production has been down over the past three weeks with Drew Lock commanding the offense. Sutton racked up 74 yards and two touchdowns in their first mutual start Week 13 against the Chargers, but since he has averaged just 51.3 receiving yards per game with zero scores. Prior to Lock's first start Dec. 1, Sutton had averaged 75.6 receiving yards per game with four TDs. In the regular-season finale, Sutton and the Broncos receiving corps will face an Oakland defense that conceded zero passing TDs and allowed just one Chargers player to exceed 60 receiving yards Sunday.

December 22, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Comes alive in fourth quarter

Sutton caught four of 10 targets for 79 yards during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.

Analysis: Sutton was bottled up for the bulk of Sunday's outing when, with the Broncos at their own goal line, he caught the quick screen and cut upfield for a 33-yard gain. Sutton had a nice two-touchdown game in rookie Drew Lock's debut, but has just nine catches for 113 yards in the two games since. Part of that can be attributed to defenses keying on him and Sutton would also likely acknowledge that he had a drop or two Sunday. Look for him to get back on track down the stretch as Denver takes on the league's 31st and 28th-ranked pass defenses, respectively, in Detroit and Oakland to wind down the season.

December 15, 2019 4:58 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Quiet in high-scoring win

Sutton caught five of seven targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over Houston.

Analysis: Sutton was surprisingly quiet on a day that saw rookie quarterback Drew Lock throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. On the bright side, Sutton was the only Denver player to see more than four targets, and it looks like Lock has the skills to get the ball to his No. 1 wide receiver consistently. Roll Sutton out with confidence against the Chiefs in Week 15.

December 8, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Scores two TDs vs. Chargers

Sutton caught four of five targets for 74 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Sutton made a tremendous impact early in the game, connecting with Drew Lock for a pair of touchdowns to put his team ahead in the first quarter. The highlight of the day came on the first of the two, when he beat his defender to the outside and made the grab while diving into the end zone. Those who feared for Sutton's fantasy value with Lock at quarterback can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as the duo will enjoy a favorable matchup against the Texans next week.

December 1, 2019 6:18 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Not on injury report

Sutton (ankle) doesn't appear on the Broncos' Week 13 injury report, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Sutton tweaked his ankle during this past Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Bills, a game in which he caught just one pass (on eight targets) for a season-low 27 yards. The issue was downplayed afterward and his absence from Wednesday's injury report ensures that Sutton will be available Sunday against the Chargers. The Broncos' undisputed top pass catcher will look to prove that his Week 12 dud was an outlier, a reasonable exception regardless of who serves as the Broncos' QB this weekend.

November 27, 2019 3:06 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Tweaks ankle Sunday

Coach Vic Fangio said Sutton tweaked his ankle during Sunday's 20-3 loss at Buffalo, but the wide receiver is "fine," Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Fangio's terminology indicates Sutton aggravated a previous injury, which may be the lower-body issue that limited his reps at one Week 6 practice. As such, Sutton's activity level bears watching as he and the Broncos prepare for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Chargers.

November 25, 2019 11:40 AM EST

Courtland Sutton: Held to one catch

Sutton caught one of eight targets for a 27-yard gain during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.

Analysis: Sutton snagged a 27-yard pass over the deep middle on a play action pass during Denver's opening drive. He and Brandon Allen failed to connect on his next seven targets as Tre'Davious White shadowed him and Brandon Allen struggled to throw through the Buffalo wind. Sutton has the size and deep-play ability to win some 50-50 balls against top corners and even double-coverage, but Allen's ability to get the ball downfield down the stretch should concern Sutton fans. Sutton takes on a Chargers defense Sunday that has done well to limit the deep ball and Sutton's value may depend on whether Allen gets a fourth start or the Drew Lock era begins.

November 24, 2019 4:51 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Does it all in loss

Sutton caught five of nine targets for 113 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss in Minnesota. He added 10 rushing yards on two carries and completed a 38-yard pass.

Analysis: It was Courtland Sutton versus the Vikings in the first quarter as the sophomore brought down a 48-yard pass in double coverage and drew a 24-yard pass interference to set up Denver's first touchdown and then completed a 38-yard pass to Tim Patrick and had a nifty nine-yard run on to set up a touchdown on the next drive. The Broncos continue to be middling under center, but Sutton looks like a legitimate stud on the outside. A tough matchup against Buffalo awaits in Week 12, but Sunday's loss almost definitely ensures that big-armed rookie Drew Lock will be under center at some point in the coming weeks, which could help Sutton's cause.

November 17, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Solid showing in loss

Sutton secured six of eight targets for 87 yards in the Broncos' 30-6 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Analysis: Sutton paced the Broncos in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night as he continues to essentially serve as a "1A" receiver in the offense alongside Emmanuel Sanders. Both players' upside is likely limited to an extent by Joe Flacco's limitations, but Sutton has now logged at least 76 receiving yards in four of his last five games. The second-year wideout will look to continue producing versus the Colts in a Week 8 matchup a week from Sunday.

October 17, 2019 9:13 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Delivers in the clutch

Sutton caught four of eight targets for 76 yards during Sunday's 16-0 win over Tennessee, a game in which fellow top target Emmanuel Sanders left at halftime with a knee injury.

Analysis: Sunday wasn't a banner day for Denver's offense, but Sutton came up twice in the clutch, first in the second quarter with a 41-yard reception down the sideline to move the Broncos from deep in their territory to within range for what was the team's second field goal of the day. He stepped up again during Denver's last full drive in the fourth quarter, converting a third down with an 18-yard catch over the middle to set up another Denver field goal. Sutton has been Denver's most dynamic target this season with at least 75 yards in four of six games and an impressive 15.9 yards per catch. If Sanders is out Thursday against Kansas City, Sutton will need to carry the load.

October 13, 2019 4:57 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Good to go

Sutton (lower leg) practiced fully Thursday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Emmanuel Sanders (knee), which ensures that the Broncos will have their top wideout duo available for Sunday's game against the Titans. Sutton's 401 receiving yards place him 10th in the league to date, while his last two outings have yielded 10 catches on 16 targets for 154 yards and three TDs.

October 10, 2019 3:31 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Logs limited practice Wednesday

Sutton (lower leg) was among the nine players the Broncos listed as limited at Wednesday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Emmanuel Sanders (knee), but at this stage there's been nothing to suggest that either of Denver's top two wideouts might miss Sunday's game against the Titans. Over his last two games, Sutton has caught 10 of his 16 targets for 154 yards and three TDs, while his 401 receiving yards place him 10th in the league to date.

October 9, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Scores long touchdown

Sutton caught four of seven targets for 92 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Sutton led the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards, doing the bulk of his damage on a 70-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. The second-year wideout is quietly off to a strong start to the season, averaging 80.2 receiving yards per game to go along with three touchdowns across five contests. Sutton has clearly developed a good rapport with Joe Flacco, but he'll face a tough home matchup against the Titans next Sunday.

October 6, 2019 6:32 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Finds end zone twice

Sutton hauled in six of his nine targets for 62 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Sutton tied Emmanuel Sanders for the team lead in targets and also found the end zone for the first time this season. His second touchdown came from eight yards out and put the Broncos up 24-23 late in the fourth quarter. While still out-targeted by Sanders for the season, Sutton has recorded five or more receptions in three of four games and is averaging 14.0 yards per catch. He'll look to continue his breakout in Week 5 as the Broncos travel to face the Chargers.

September 29, 2019 7:42 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Goes for 87 yards

Sutton caught five of eight targets for 87 yards during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay.

Analysis: Denver was pushed all the way back near their own red zone in the third quarter when Joe Flacco lofted one down the sideline to Sutton, who got open on a double move for a gain of 52 yards. It was Sutton's second game with at least 85 yards to start the season. Though Denver's offense hasn't clicked quite enough for Sutton to be an upper-echelon target, he remains dangerous downfield -- averaging 15.4 yards per catch -- all while improving underneath as compared to last season. After a start full of tough defenses, he'll get another one Sunday with Jacksonville.

September 22, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Courtland Sutton: Cleared to play Sunday

Sutton (ribs) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com notes that coach Vic Fangio confirmed Friday that Sutton is "fine" despite missing Thursday's practice with sore ribs. "He just had a little bit of discomfort yesterday after getting one of his weekly lifts in. We were cautious with it and luckily he's fine." Two games into the 2019 season, Sutton has hauled in 11 of his 15 targets for 160 yards, while starting opposite Emmanuel Sanders. Looking ahead, as long as he stays healthy, Sutton should continue to see decent volume in Denver's Joe Flacco-helmed passing attack.

September 20, 2019 12:39 PM EST

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