WR Courtland Sutton - Denver Broncos
|6-4, 215||Born: 10-10-1995||College: Southern Methodist||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Sutton is producing through all of the quarterback changes in one of the more impressive showing this year. He'll remain a strong WR2 against Houston this week with Drew Lock at the helm.
General News (Fri Dec 6): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
Week 14: at Houston Texans
FBG says: Good matchup. Drew Lock's NFL debut went reasonably well as he led the Broncos to a win with 134 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He made some great plays last week, but he also took few risks with just 4.8 passing yards per attempt while throwing an ugly interception in the fourth quarter. This pedestrian passing performance was nothing new for this Denver offense that ranks 31st in the league with just 187.4 passing yards per game and is tied for last with only 11 passing touchdowns. Courtland Sutton, on the other hand, had a huge day last week as he made up over half the total passing yards for this offense (74 of 134) while catching both touchdowns. Sutton has not consistently found the end zone by any means this season but he has been a consistently targeted option for this passing offense and has posted over 70 receiving yards in 8-of-12 games on the year. Beyond Sutton, it is tough to rely on anyone else for consistent production in this passing offense. The Texans own one of the worst passing defenses in football, giving up the fifth-most passing yards per game (262.9) and touchdowns (25). Quarterbacks have passed for three or more touchdowns against Houston in six of their last eight games, while the only two outliers with fewer than three touchdowns came against struggling Colts and Raiders passing offenses. They are lacking consistent pressure on quarterbacks with one or fewer sacks in five of the last seven games as this defensive line is indeed struggling without star edge rusher J.J. Watt. Play from their defensive backs has also been quite disappointing, especially as three of their starters continue to play through relatively recent injuries. Courtland Sutton will have a clear advantage in this one as the Texans should give Drew Lock a decent chance to excel in his second career start.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Courtland Sutton's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs LAC (5 / 4 / 74 / 2 rec)
Sutton bounced back after a slow week and continues a Pro Bowl caliber season despite lining up with his third quarterback of the year. His first touchdown was an amazing diving catch with one hand on a deep route down the right sideline as he fended off Casey Hayward with his left hand. Sutton and Lock hooked up again on the next drive, capitalizing on a good field position after a Phillip Rivers interception. Sutton lined up in the slot and worked his way open in the back of the end zone on an out route, where Lock found him for an easy score. Sutton did a fantastic job drawing a pass interference penalty with seconds left in the game to set the Broncos up in range for the game-winning field goal.
2019 Week 12 vs BUF (8 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Sutton got wide open on a deep post route that picked up 27 yards on the first drive of the game, but wasn't a factor afterwards, even though Allen peppered him with a team high 8 targets. Sutton was the target on Allen's second quarter interception. The receiver and QB appeared to be on different pages as Sutton ran a hook route and sat down, while Allen threw the ball deep as if he expected the receiver to run a stop and go route after cutting. The ball sailed well over Sutton and right into the arms of a defender.
2019 Week 11 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 113 / 0 rec, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Sutton and Allen showcased a growing rapport with a couple of 40+ yard connections. They narrowly missed a big connection when Allen overthrew him on a play action pass for the first offensive play of the game. The two connected later in the 1st quarter when Sutton made an amazing leaping grab over two defenders, good for a 48 yard gain on another play action from Allen. Sutton drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone on the next play, setting the Broncos up for an easy 1 yard touchdown pass to tight end Fumagalli. Sutton also burned the Vikings for a 43 yard gain right up the middle of the field in the 4th quarter, catching the ball between All-Pro safety Smith and CB Rhodes. Sutton got involved in the wildcat formation in the 1st half, taking an end around handoff from Lindsay and then throwing a beautiful 38 yard pass to Tim Patrick, who made a leaping catch over his defender. Sutton also rushed twice on end-around plays, including once inside the Minnesota red zone where he was stopped from scoring by a great tackling effort from safety Harrison Smith.
2019 Week 9 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Sutton started his day off with a diving grab for a short gain in the 1st quarter. He had two big receptions later in the 1st quarter as he pulled in a 19 yard gain on a deep post route, then made a leaping catch over a defender in the end zone for a 21 yard touchdown on the very next play. Allen looked for him on another deep ball in the end zone late in the 2nd, but couldn't connect against tight coverage. Sutton had a couple more short receptions on an out route and a slant during a 3rd quarter drive that ended in a Phillip Lindsay touchdown. Sutton finished with a team-high 8 targets on a day that saw the Broncos run just 40 offensive plays. Sutton also carried the ball once for 7 yards on an end-around play.
2019 Week 8 vs IND (6 / 3 / 72 / 0 rec)
Sutton only caught 3 of 6 passes in Emmanuel Sanders' absence, but he was the clear cut number one option in the passing game, also drawing two significant pass interference penalties that put the Broncos in scoring position. Sutton should have hauled in a deep crossing route for a nice gain in the 1st, but he let the pass clang off his hands. Sutton's highlight of the day was a catch and run on a deep post route that gained 33 yards. Sutton threw a defender to the ground with a nasty stiff arm at the end of the run. Sutton was targeted in the end zone at the end of the drive, but was badly overthrown by Flacco. Sutton had another big gain up the left sideline with a diving catch in the 3rd quarter. Sutton drew a pass interference flag in the end zone on a deep ball from Flacco in the 3rd quarter, setting up a short Royce Freeman touchdown run. Sutton was able to draw another big PI penalty at the end of the 3rd on a deep ball down the left sideline.
2019 Week 7 vs KC (8 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)
Sutton continues to provide consistence performances despite dreadful efforts from his offensive line and quarterback. He led the team again with 8 targets, securing 6 of them for a game-high 87 yards. Sutton very nearly scored in the 1st quarter when he caught a curl route and was tackled at the 1 yard line. Sutton had the receiving highlight of the day with a diving grab on a deep corner route for a 41 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. This drive featured most of his production for the day as Sutton secured a slant route for a solid gain on the next play, then converted 3rd and long with an 18 yard gain up the middle two plays later. Sutton collected one more short slant at the end of the 1st half. Rumors that Emmanuel Sanders could be traded might mean more future targets for Sutton, who is blossoming into a solid number one receiver option for the Broncos.
2019 Week 6 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec)
Sutton drew a team-high 8 targets with Emmanuel Sanders missing the 2nd half with a knee injury. The offense didn't do much on a day that the defense pitched a shutout, but Sutton still managed 76 yards. Flacco hit Sutton on a quick out route to convert 3rd down with a 12 yard gain in the 1st quarter. Sutton picked 41 of his yards on a beautiful diving catch down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter. Sutton fumbled the ball after a short 4th quarter reception, but the ball took a fortunate bounce out of bounds after he coughed it up. Sutton finished his day with a nice catch on skinny post route that picked up 18 yards in the 4th.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (7 / 4 / 92 / 1 rec)
Sutton put up a good stat line, but really earned it all on one play, a 70 yard touchdown catch and run in the 1st. He made a strong catch on a deep slant route that converted 3rd and long late in the 1st quarter. He scored on the next play, hauling in a deep out route and breaking two tackles before sprinting down the sideline for a 70 yard touchdown. The Broncos dialed back the passing game after Sutton's touchdown gave them a two score lead. Sutton was still the only receiver Flacco could get on the same page with, and he drew a team high 7 targets.
2019 Week 4 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 62 / 2 rec)
Sutton tied with Sanders for a team-high 9 targets, finding the end zone twice. He picked up a couple of quick gains on the game's opening drive, including a 10 yard catch and run to convert 3rd and 10. Sutton lined up wide right and beat his man easily on a slant route in the end zone for his first score in the 2nd quarter. Sutton got loose on a deep post route for a nice gain late in the 4th quarter as the Broncos attempted a comeback drive. Sutton capped a late 4th quarter drive with a touchdown, running a skinny post right into the teeth of the defense. Flacco threw a beautiful pass that Sutton hauled in between three defenders.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (8 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec)
Sutton was the most effective receiver for Denver, working on the outside of the formation for most of his routes. Sutton got started with a 20 yard gain down the left sideline in the 1st quarter. His biggest gain of the day was a 52 yard catch-and-run down the right sideline in the 3rd quarter on a beautifully thrown deep ball from Flacco. Sutton had a beautiful catch on a fade route in the 3rd, but couldn't quite come down in bounds as the pass was a little too far outside. He caught another pass from Flacco in the end zone but couldn't come down inbounds on one series that ended with a Phillip Lindsay rushing touchdown.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Sutton started slow, but was clutch at the end of the ballgame. He didn't get on the board until the 4th quarter, when he lined up wide right and pulled in a deep comeback route for a first down. Sutton made a diving grab on a deep post route in the 4th quarter that picked up 16(his longest of the day) and set Denver up in the Chicago end zone. Sutton took a big hit on a deep seam route late in the 4th, but seemed fine after. He converted 4th and 10 with a seam route to extend the Bronco's tying drive with just over two minutes left, then converted 4th and 3 later in the drive with a slant route from Flacco, setting up the game tying touchdown to Sanders.
2019 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 7 / 120 / 0 rec)
Sutton was a bright spot for the Denver offense, providing a big target across the middle and deep downfield for Flacco. Sutton ripped off a deep post for a big gain in the first quarter only to have the play called back for a block in the back on tight end Fant. Sutton made a beautiful catch in traffic on a deep crossing route later in the 1st. He then ripped off another big gain up the right seam to start the 3rd quarter, breaking several tackles on his way to a 30 yard gain. Flacco round him on a deep crossing route for a gain of 25 yards in the 4th quarter. Flacco hit him again across the middle later in the 4th quarter, and Sutton was just a couple of yards short of a touchdown.
Latest NewsBroncos | Quiet game for Courtland Sutton (Sun Dec 8, 09:09 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught five of his seven targets for 34 yards in a 38-24 win over the Houston Texans in Week 14. link to story Broncos | Courtland Sutton limited (Fri Dec 6, 08:27 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Broncos | Denver's injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 6, 05:56 PM) - Denver Broncos OG Ronald Leary (concussion) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Houston Texans. LB Malik Reed (ankle, shoulder) and LB Von Miller (knee) were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and are listed as questionable. OT Ja'Wuan James (knee) practiced in full all week but is also listed as questionable. S Will Parks (hand), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (leg), RB Royce Freeman (ribs), LB Alexander Johnson (knee), OG Connor McGovern (back), NT Shelby Harris (ankle), WR Tim Patrick (shoulder), DL Mike Purcell (knee) and WR Courtland Sutton (hamstring) practiced fully Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Broncos | Courtland Sutton scores twice (Mon Dec 2, 01:49 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton had four receptions, 74 yards and two touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13. link to story Broncos | Courtland Sutton the focal point (Sat Nov 30, 09:59 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton will continue to be used in the run game moving forward, according to offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello. 'It will create things in the run game, it'll create things for other players and ultimately it will be a big, big part of our future and what we do here as an organization,' Scangarello said. Our View: This helps his floor and highlights his athleticism. He is making hay at the catch point but can also help in other ways with instability at quarterback plaguing the Broncos.
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