The hope is that Courtland Sutton comes back better than ever from a torn ACL suffered in Week 1 of last season. The stakes couldn't be higher -- Sutton is entering a contract year and could be among the league's highest-paid receivers with a big campaign. But when we last saw him regularly in 2019, he had a 58% catch rate (54% from Drew Lock), 7.8 targets per game (8.0 with Lock) and didn't have to share the field with Jerry Jeudy. Since Sutton's injury, Lock's made no improvement as a passer, nor has Jeudy nor fellow 2020 rookie K.J. Hamler become established pass catchers. So there's certainly a chance Sutton can re-emerge to help Fantasy managers, but it's going to be tough if he's sharing targets more frequently and doesn't have a strong catch rate with them. Round 6 is a good time to add Sutton to rosters as a No. 3 option with No. 2 potential.
Coach Vic Fango indicated Tuesday that he doesn't anticipate Sutton (knee) beginning training camp on the PUP list, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Sutton sustained ACL and MCL tears last September but was already running routes in early March, and he stated in mid-May that he was hoping to be ready for training camp. It certainly sounds like he's on a path to make that a reality. He and Jerry Jeudy figure to give the Broncos a dangerous 1-2 punch at wide receiver as Sutton looks to return to his 2019 level of production, when he posted 72 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns on 125 targets.
Sutton (knee) said Monday that "the game plan" is to be ready for training camp, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Sutton, who missed all but one contest last season after tearing his left ACL and MCL, said he feels "really good" at this stage of his recovery, per Stevens. Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Sutton appears set to serve as one of Denver's clear top targets alongside 2020 first-round pick Jerry Jeudy. The likes of Noah Fant, KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) also will demand targets, as will running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, but Sutton is talented enough that his position atop the pecking order won't be challenged, as long as he's healthy. It may be fair to question whether Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater are capable of providing enough volume to feed such a crowded receiving corps, however.
Sutton (knee) has already resumed running routes while rehabbing from a torn ACL, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Sutton continues to inspire confidence in his recovery process. He initially suffered ACL and MCL tears in his left knee Sept. 20 before undergoing surgery in October. As long as the 25-year-old is able to continue avoiding any setbacks, he should be cleared for practice by the time training camp rolls around, and it's possible that he could get limited work in during the offseason program. Sutton will join the most crowded pass-catching corps of his career as he enters the fourth and final season of his rookie deal, with Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, Tim Patrick (ankle) and KJ Hamler (concussion) all vying for targets. If the Broncos end up upgrading from Drew Lock, as it's been rumored the team wishes to do, Sutton could also have to adjust to a new quarterback in 2021.
Sutton's rehab from ACL surgery is on track, with the wideout hoping to be ready for the beginning of next season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. Sutton injured his knee Sept. 20, had surgery about a month later, and has been been jogging as part of his rehab routine since Jan. 14. He mentioned the possibility of some limited participation in the offseason program, though he may not be cleared to practice until training camp. Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Sutton may need to adjust to a new quarterback, as the Broncos are rumored to be seeking an upgrade on Drew Lock.
Sutton (knee) posted a video of him jogging via his official Twitter account. There was a ton of hope that Sutton could push himself into a borderline top ten receiver in the league in his third NFL season. It didn't work out that way as he missed the Broncos' opener against Tennessee with a shoulder injury and went down with an ACL tear in Week 2, just three catches in to the campaign. With that in mind, 2021 will be enormous for Sutton. Not only will it be a contract year for the SMU product, but how the 25-year0ld helps lead a very young offense could determine the path of the franchise and which players (and coaches) will be around in 2022. Showing signs of recovery just four months after going down in Pittsburgh is a step in the right direction.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|18||01/09||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||72||39||627||3||27||16.08||80|