It’s Day 5 of Denver Broncos training camp, and the team put on some shoulder pads the day before the first padded practice. Who stood out?
The Denver Broncos were back at practice on Monday after a day off on Sunday.
Although the team has yet to put the full set of pads on (that will be happening at Tuesday’s practice), they came out wearing shells (shoulder pads and helmets) on Monday for Day 5.
Early on, it sounds like head coach Nathaniel Hackett was not overly pleased with the sloppiness of play after the day off, but things got better as the day progressed.
Which players stood out the most as the “second week” of practices got underway? Let’s take a look at three guys that were making some noise from those in attendance.
Denver Broncos Day 5 standout no. 1: Courtland Sutton, WR
At this point, winning even half of his battles against Pat Surtain II would be a huge “W” for Courtland Sutton out there at Denver Broncos training camp.
Surtain is making plays just about every time the ball is thrown his direction, which is frankly outstanding for Courtland Sutton because he doesn’t get to go half-speed on any given play. If he wants to win a rep, he’s going to have to earn it against Surtain.
Even if Justin Outten is deliberately asking Surtain to let them complete some passes (jokingly, of course).
Sutton made one of the best plays at Day 5 of camp, beating Surtain on 2nd-and-8 in red zone work and getting into the end zone for six.
These kinds of plays are so important for Sutton, who has the potential to emerge as a top-flight WR1 across the NFL this year.
Although he re-signed with the Denver Broncos last year at a seriously discounted rate compared to some of his peers at the receiver position around the league, Sutton has a chance to be more productive than almost all of them in 2022 as the Broncos’ WR1.
Sutton also made a third-down catch against Ronald Darby in this practice, and that’s something we need to be seeing and hearing more of.
Although a number of passes thrown Sutton’s way hit the ground, he has been getting separation and the completed plays are becoming more and more frequent.