Courtland Sutton Impresses Denver Broncos During OTAs
First impressions matter for rookies even in OTAs, and Courtland Sutton is catching the eye of head coach Vance Joseph…
Let’s start this off by admitting I have Courtland Sutton highlights on speed dial.
Sutton is an incredible talent at wide receiver. Initially, the thought, in my opinion, would be to ”redshirt” Sutton. However, this plan quickly changed after the impression he made during the Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
OTAs are like the NFL Combine, in a way. It is tough from the outside to learn anything from them, but talent can be seen immediately. Do not take it from me. Take it from the head horse’s mouth.
"”I’ve seen a talented guy. He has a huge catch radius and he’s got great ball skills,”Vance Joseph praised Sutton Tuesday. (quotes via Broncos PR)"
Sutton’s catch radius is insane. Throughout college, at Southern Methodist University, he became a human highlight reel. His size, height, and radius make him a possible red zone candidate immediately.
Every throw made to him became a sure thing due to the confidence with which he would catch it. The impressions then led to comfortability with free agent quarterback Case Keenum, who raves about Sutton.
In fact, Keenum shortened Courtland’s name to ”Court.” Getting a nickname already proves Sutton is making strides in his first season.
"”Court, he’s a friendly target and I like throwing him the football. He’s done really, really well. I think he’s come a long way and I’m excited to throw him the football,”Keenum said, clearly impressed with Sutton."
Keenum saying Sutton’s come a long way references his route running. Sutton did not run an elaborate route tree in college but still made it count when he got the ball in his hands. Joseph also is pleased with how far Sutton has come since the April 2018 NFL Draft.
"”As a route runner, it’s coming, but he’s so big and strong that if he doesn’t win with the route, he wins with his body. That’s important also. He’s a worker, he’s mature and he will help us in the fall,”Joseph, furthering his confidence in the young wideout."
The skill set of Sutton presents numerous positive situations for the Denver Broncos. Sutton’s size allows the team an opportunity to play Emmanuel Sanders in the slot.
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Add in DaeSean Hamilton to the wide receiver mix (who is also impressing at OTAs), the top four wide receivers are packed and ready to provide punch in 2018.
If Sutton’s impact in OTAs is any indication of the difference he will make on a football field, then Denver Broncos brass are going to be happy.