Sutton caught two of six targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the 49ers.
Expected to take on more work with Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) done for the season, Sutton instead was outplayed by fellow wideouts Tim Patrick (7-85-0 on 10 targets) and DaeSean Hamilton (7-47-1 on nine targets). The rookie second-round pick did miss part of the game with a minor thigh injury, but he returned to the contest and ultimately logged 51 of 74 snaps (69 percent) on offense. Sutton should have another chance to take advantage of his increased role during a Saturday game against the Browns in Week 15.
Sutton is primed to take over the No. 1 receiver role with Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) expected to miss the rest of the season, ESPN.com reports.
Sutton only has 11 catches and 22 targets in four games since Demaryius Thomas was trade to Houston, but the rookie second-round pick did just enjoy the best outing of his career -- 4-85-1 on seven targets -- in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals. With fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton and a pair of 2017 UDFAs (Tim Patrick, River Cracraft) representing the other options on the Denver roster, Sutton is a good bet to see increased target volume over the final four weeks of the season. He should get more work in the short passing game to complement the downfield work he's already seeing (47.5 percent catch rate, 19.9 yards per catch).
Sutton caught four of seven targets for 85 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals.
Two plays after a Bengals muffed punt early in the third quarter, quarterback Case Keenum sold the play-action fake and lofted a 30-yard pass to Sutton, who skied over his defender in the corner of the end zone. Head coach Vance Joseph said afterward that 50/50 balls are more like 70/30 balls when thrown to the talented, statuesque rookie. Sunday's game featured career highs in targets and yards for Sutton as he extended his ridiculous yards-per-catch-mark to 19.9 on the year. Next Sunday features a matchup against a 49ers defense that has struggled at times keeping opponents in front of them, surrendering 11.8 yards per catch this season.
Sutton recorded one catch for 14 yards during Sunday's 24-17 win against Pittsburgh.
The Broncos rookie wideout had been coming on strong before the Steelers top 10 pass defense neutralized him, holding Sutton to his second-lowest output in 11 career games with just 14 offensive yards. The 6-foot-4 receiver had become slightly more involved following the trade of Demaryius Thomas (5.5 targets per game post-trade, compared to 4.6 per game before), but against Pittsburgh he was not only less utilized (four), he was also less efficient (25 percent catch rate). Week 13 brings a chance to rebound against a Bengals defense that ranks 31st in the NFL against the pass this season (292.2 yards allowed per game).
Sutton caught three of six targets for 78 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.
With the Broncos backed up near midfield and only seconds remaining, Sutton split up the field for a 30-yard reception to set up Denver's winning field goal. It was the second big catch of the day for Sutton, who also nabbed a 39-yarder in the second quarter to put the Broncos in position for their first touchdown. The statuesque rookie is averaging an absurd 20.0 yards per catch, best in the league among receivers with more than five receptions. He'll be challenged Sunday against a Steelers defense among the best at keeping opponents in front of if, surrendering just 10.9 yards per catch -- good for fifth best in the league.
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