Denver Broncos: Embrace growth of Courtland Sutton
In a 0-4 season, it can be difficult to find the positives in a football team, but for Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton, we are seeing tremendous growth.
Coming into the 2018 Draft, the Denver Broncos wide receiver had question marks regarding his game. However, in just a short time, Courtland Sutton is answering the call to become a well-rounded target for quarterbacks.
Sutton was compared to former Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas due to size and an unrefined route tree. Looking at the 2019 season, Sutton is passing even the eye test.
In the 2018 season, rarely would Sutton run the short and intermediate routes to display his underrated speed as a wide receiver. With Case Keenum as the quarterback, Sutton became more of a fly and go receiver.
It was obvious Sutton is a 50/50 ball machine winning nearly all of those chances. This almost makes it seem lopsided. When Sutton was catching every deep pass from Keenum it was a 70/30 in favor of Sutton.
Transitioning to the 2019 season, the former SMU product is also rewriting a narrative that drops are a problem. This is a non-issue. Sutton’s caught just over 70 percent of the passes this season.
Also, the majority of catches by Sutton seem to be in high-pressure situations. Third down conversions for receivers are hallmarks of the word clutch. When factor in his size and speed to create separation on those key downs he can be a problem for anybody in the NFL.
If Sutton can master the out and in routes, as well as the other intermediate work, then Sutton will steadily climb into the top ten wide receiver category. Sutton oozes potential that is near All-Pro. Once he masters the entire wide receiver craft, there is no telling where Sutton ends up. His ceiling is through the roof.
Therefore, in a season of doom and gloom, let’s be along for the ride and watch the progression of players as they develop. As for Sutton, it seems he is close to entering another atmosphere right now.