Sutton recorded three receptions for 57 yards during Sunday's 19-17 defeat at the hands of the Texans. The rookie second-rounder commanded five targets in his debut as the Broncos' No. 2 receiver, but his struggles with efficiency carried into Week 9 against Houston's top-12 pass defense. Sutton has posted a disappointingly low catch rate through the first nine games of his career (48 percent), but that should be expected based on the way Denver deploys the big-bodied receiver as a downfield weapon. The 6-foot-4 wideout has a catch of 20 or more yards in seven of nine appearances in 2018. When the Broncos take the field Nov. 18 following a bye week, that will come against the Chargers and a so far underperforming pass defense (bottom half of the league with over 255 yards allowed per game).
Sutton has moved up the Broncos' depth chart at wide receiver following the trade of Demaryius Thomas to the Texans, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Sutton has received regular targets through the first eight games of his career, earning between three and six per week. He's coming off his most productive appearance of the season this past Sunday at Kansas City -- three catches for 78 yards on four targets -- which likely left the Broncos confident he can fill in opposite Emmanuel Sanders with Thomas out of the picture. Look for a healthy portion of Thomas' seven targets per game to trickle down to Sutton during the second half of the campaign, starting Sunday versus the Texans.
Sutton caught three of four targets for 78 yards during Sunday's 30-23 loss in Kansas City. Reeling after 16 unanswered Chiefs points, Sutton was key to the Broncos' 49-second touchdown drive to end the first half, skying for a 42-yard reception to carry the Broncos across midfield. The play marked Sutton's third catch of at least 40 yards in his last five games. He has yet to generate the volume of targets necessary to gain too much fantasy attention, but after being drafted in the second round to eventually replace Demaryius Thomas, Sutton might fill that role before the end of the season. Not only is Thomas reportedly on the trade block, but the veteran has been held to as many or fewer than the 42 yards Sutton generated on that single catch in four of eight games this season. Eventually, Denver figures to favor the big-play youngster over the veteran who has primarily become an underneath target. Next Sunday brings a tough matchup against a Texans defense that has excelled at keeping opponents in front of its secondary, surrendering just 10.9 yards per reception.
Sutton brought in one of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 45-10 win over the Cardinals on Thursday. Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders connected on a nifty 28-yard touchdown just before the halfway point of the first quarter, with the latter finding the rookie in the right side of the end zone after uncorking a pass on the run. Sutton has yet to record more than three catches in any game, but he's now scored both of his touchdowns over the last three contests. Sutton will look to make a bigger impact against the Chiefs in a Week 8 divisional showdown.
Sutton caught three of four targets for 58 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams. Coming off a missed Los Angeles field goal in the fourth quarter, Case Keenum found Sutton down the left sideline for a 41-yard gain, setting up a field goal that put Denver within a score. Five of Sutton's 13 catches on the season have gone for at least 20 yards, and he ranks 10th in the entire league at 16.8 yards per catch. Despite some warts, the Arizona defense Sutton faces off against Thursday has actually been strong in keeping receivers in front of them, ranking ninth in the league with 10.8 yards per opponent reception.
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