Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton can have a breakout 2020 season

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 22: Courtland Sutton #14 of the Denver Broncos caches the ball as he warms up in the bench area before the start of a game against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

A new season with new offensive additions could be a positive thing for Denver Broncos wideout Courtland Sutton.

Courtland Sutton made a big jump from year one to year two as a member of the Denver Broncos. In 2018 as a rookie, Sutton caught 50 percent of his targets (42-of-84) for 704 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2019, his second year in the league, his catch percentage went up to 58.1 percent. He caught 30 more passes in 2019 than he did as a rookie while getting 40 more targets.

All this while having to deal with the quarterback carousel in Denver.

But now, Sutton will have just one quarterback throwing him the ball, unless, of course, Drew Lock gets hurt.

But having Lock be the quarterback should benefit Sutton.

40 of Sutton’s 125 targets came during the final five games of the season, in which Lock took over as the starting quarterback. Both of Sutton’s 10-target games came in Weeks 15 and 16, making it clear that Lock really wanted to get Sutton the ball.

To further this, Lock completed 100-of-156 passes, making 40 percent of his completions go to Sutton. That is a very big percentage.

To further this, Lock completed 100-of-156 passes, making 40 percent of his completions go to Sutton. That is a very big percentage.

In this highlight clip, Sutton’s ability to make some tough catches really stands out to me. Even when the quarterback throws a bad ball, Sutton has the ability to make a play on it and reel it in for a reception.

It is also incredible how focused Sutton is when tracking the ball. Being surrounded by defenders and making highlight-reel catches at the same time is very impressive.

The additions the Broncos have made this offseason should benefit Sutton, as defenses will have to focus on more than just him. They will have Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, and Noah Fant to worry about.

Despite the Broncos having so many weapons, Sutton is still going to be the guy for Lock. I have no doubt in my mind about that.

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I am hopeful that Lock and Sutton will remain teammates on the Broncos for many years to come. This combination of talent is so much fun to watch.