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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Last year the Denver Broncos were transitioning to a new era particularly at the wide receiver position. Demaryius Thomas was on his way out and eventually got traded to the Houston Texans.
A move that was made to make way for rookie wide receiver Courtland Sutton. The 2018 second round pick out of SMU was outstanding in his first professional season recording 704 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Those were impressive numbers out of the gate and it’s amazing how effective he was. Sutton has a big frame at 6’4” 216 pounds and he creates mismatches on game day. Smaller corners have trouble tackling this guy and Sutton can also win one-on-one battles by high pointing the football. Where he does his best work though is over the middle. It seemed like Case Keenum connected with Sutton often on slants, posts, and drags. Having that safety valve is crucial for this offense because those are easier throws to make. Now with Joe Flacco at the helm we could see more vertical routes out wide. So it’s possible that Sutton will be asked to stretch the field more frequently and it’s likely he’ll flourish on deep patterns as well. At the end of the day this a pure football player and Courtland Sutton can make the clutch catch. Denver is going to hand the reins to the 23 year old and he should go over 1,000 receiving yards this time around.
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The Denver Broncos will benefit from a more confident Courtland Sutton.