Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton scores a TD in first game back

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton missed most of the 2020 season with a knee injury. He scored a touchdown in his first game back.

At the end of the day, nobody really cares about the score of the Denver Broncos’ preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams. Everyone cares about how well the starters play and whether or not they make it out of the game healthy. A number of key players who missed all or most of the 2020 season were back in action for the first time as the Broncos took the field against the Rams, including arguably the best player on the team — Courtland Sutton.

Sutton was hurt in the Denver Broncos’ second game of the 2020 season in Pittsburgh on a play that he certainly won’t forget anytime soon. Sutton “dropped” a pass that was tipped into the waiting arms of a Steelers defender, and on the interception return, Sutton got hurt attempting to make the tackle.

It was a devastating blow to the Denver Broncos‘ 2020 season in general, especially on the heels of losing Von Miller to a season-ending injury not long before that.

Sutton has done an outstanding job in his rehab work and was able to get out onto the field for the team’s final preseason tune-up before heading out East to take on the Giants in week one of the regular season.

And it was like he never left.

Early in the game, it looked like the Denver Broncos and quarterback Teddy Bridgwater were specifically trying to scheme some touches for players who were making their preseason debuts. Namely, guys like Sutton, Tim Patrick, and Albert Okwuegbunam.

It wasn’t working and despite scoring a field goal on the first drive, the Denver Broncos’ offense just didn’t look sharp at all, and Bridgewater’s accuracy was not there through two drives.

Then came the drive midway through the second quarter and the Bridgewater-Sutton connection turned it up.

Sutton left a defensive back in the dust on his first reception and then went down to get a great throw from Teddy Bridgewater for the touchdown.

Sutton is such a huge piece of the Denver Broncos’ future, and entering a contract year in 2021, he’s got a chance to not only bounce back but also get himself a nice pay raise.