Player Spotlight: Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton was a 3 star recruit during his high school days where played for Brenham High School. He only played varsity his junior and senior year where he played mainly wide receiver and played sparingly on defense for 20 games. He had 753 yards where he totaled 19.3 yards per catch. He also played basketball in high school with his tall frame. He had college visits at BYU, Texas A&M but ultimately committed to SMU.

Sutton committed to SMU in Febuary of 2014 where he went on to have a stellar career. He wouldn’t play that much during his freshman season but he did play in 3 games where he had 2 receptions for 27 yards with no touchdowns. Sutton’s production would ramp up his sophomore year where played 12 games. He had 49 receptions for 862 yard along with 9 touchdown grabs. The future Bronco would go on to have his best statistical season his junior year where he had career highs in receptions and yards. He hauled in 76 balls with 1,246 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns. Statistically, Sutton’s numbers went down a bit but still had a new career best 12 touchdown grabs. He would go on to have 68 receptions for 1,085 yards during his senior season before he pursued a professional career. 

Just like his future Denver Bronco receiver, he went on to be drafted in the second round of the draft. His future, Emmanuel Sanders, who was one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets while they were in Denver together. They are complete opposites in player builds and receiver types. Sutton is a tall, lengthy pass catcher who can jump over any defender. Whereas, Sanders was more of slot receiver who did his damage in space, whom I think is very similar to Sutton’s current teammate, Jerry Jeudy. Sutton was drafted 40th overall in the second round in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Sutton would be as high as number two on the depth chart his rookie season behind no other than Sanders and while he was ahead of current team Tim Patrick. During his rookie season, Sutton would start 9 games out of the 16 he played in and hauled in 42 receptions. He would end the year with 704 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. He was catching balls from Case Keenum this year so it wasn’t the ideal situation but he still showed out during his rookie campaign.

Now Sutton had a huge year and bursted on the scene during his sophomore season. He looked like the future number one receiver the Broncos were looking for following the great careers Thomas and Sanders had in Denver. He started 14 games out of the 16 he played this year. He grabbed 72 receptions with 1,112 yards to show for. He also had a career high in touchdown receptions with 6. He was selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl as an alternate. This gave the Denver Broncos a lot of hope for the future. They had just signed Super Bowl winning quarterback, Joe Flacco, and drafted a powerful arm in Drew Lock. We now know they had to wait a few more years to find the right quarterback.

This year was supposed to be super promising for Sutton. He had such high expectations from the year before. In his first game, he tore his ACL and would sit the rest of the year. This would start a new journey for such a young player who had just found his niche at a young age. This year Drew Lock would start. We can only imagine how Lock’s career could’ve been if he had his number one receiving option during his first full year. I always believed in Drew and hope he gets the chance to do big things in Seattle.

This year was supposed to be the big return of Sutton. They elected Teddy Bridgewater as their quarterback. Although Drew Lock could throw it in areas to Sutton where Teddy couldn’t, he was the right choice at signal caller. He was the safe choice but it really did show, especially for the wide receivers. Sutton ended with career lows in touchdowns and yards per reception, 2 and 13.4 respectively. He also ended with 776 yards with 58 receptions which were his lowest since his rookie season. He wasn’t targeted as much as in the past and the numbers didn’t lie this year. Only one can imagine what his numbers would’ve looked like with Lock at the quarterback position. This year wasn’t all that bad for Sutton though. He signed a four-year, $60.8 million contract extension with the Denver Broncos through the 2025 season. He deserved every penny and he signed it around the same time Patrick signed his. Those two will be catching balls in the Mile High City for years to come.

Now that he got his bag this past season, he is itching to win some more games. The Broncos are a historic franchise and have never seen more consecutive losing seasons like we’ve seen since their Super Bowl 50 win. What they did this year was game changing for the franchise. They’ve had great quarterbacks like John Elway and Peyton Manning. Many thought Aaron Rodgers would be next Bronco quarterback but hours after he re-signed with Green Bay, Denver announced that they would be sending Drew Lock and Noah Fant along with other players and picks for, Super Bowl winning quarterback, Russell Wilson. WOW! What’s a great move by general manager, George Paton. It’s time for Russ to cook in the Mile High City. He’s always been known to have a great arm but now he can throw it even farther with the altitude in play. This is great news for Sutton who has to be excited to get to work with such a talented quarterback. Sutton will be elevating for catches and his game with his first proven quarterback on the team. Great things are coming to Denver. Even the snow can’t cool things down because Sutton will be getting cooking lessons from Chef Russell Wilson himself. 

  • High School
  • College 
  • NFL Draft
  • Rookie Season
  • Sophomore Season
  • Injury Season
  • Comeback Season
  • The Future

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