Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton is heading to the 2020 Pro Bowl after DeAndre Hopkins dropped out of the exhibition game.
When the 2020 Pro Bowl rosters were announced, it was a disappointment to see Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton as an alternate rather than automatically heading to Orlando—the location of the game this year.
Sutton caught 72 passes for 1,112 yards in 2019 (19th in the league), which is an average of 15.4 yards per reception. He also caught six touchdowns. His longest reception of the season went for 70 yards.
Sutton commented on his inclusion of the Pro Bowl after the news broke:
Yes, there is certainly more to push towards, as the Broncos have a promising young quarterback in Drew Lock who we all hope helps Sutton become an elite wide receiver.
Being a 1,000-yard receiver is an awesome accomplishment. While there were plenty of wide receivers who accomplished this feat in 2019, only Courtland Sutton can say that he did it while having three different quarterbacks throw him the ball over the course of the season.
That is what makes the fact that Sutton was just an alternate most surprising to me. It’s hard enough to reach 1,000 yards in a single season. The fact that he did it with three different quarterbacks speaks volumes about his talents.
One of those quarterbacks happens to be a rookie—Drew Lock—who Sutton caught 26 passes from for 280 yards and two touchdowns.
The quarterback play of the Denver Broncos was not good at all in 2019. There was so much inconsistency with the play of Joe Flacco (8 games), Brandon Allen (3 games) and, least of the problems, Drew Lock (remaining 5 games). That makes Sutton’s 2019 season that more incredible.
With the trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers right before the trade deadline, Sutton absolutely stood up to the role as the number one receiver for the team. Going forward, I am excited to see what kinds of seasons he has with Drew Lock tossing him the ball.