Sutton (ankle) returned to a full practice Thursday.
Sutton is thus good to go against the Rams on Sunday. The second-rounder's stock is creeping up following back-to-back six-target outings, but as long as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are ahead of Sutton in Denver's wideout pecking order, the rookie -- who logged a 2/18/1 stat line in Week 5 -- will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option in deeper leagues.
Sutton's ability to practice in any capacity suggests he merely suffered a minor injury during Sunday's 34-16 loss to the Jets. He caught two of six targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in that contest, oddly playing more snaps (77 percent) than teammate Demaryius Thomas (61 percent). The rookie is averaging 5.2 targets and 50 snaps per game, but he's been utterly inefficient with his opportunities, catching just 10 of 26 passes for 160 yards and the lone touchdown. Sutton does at least seem to have solid security in the No. 3 receiver spot, and his Week 6 opponent (the Rams) has surrendered 28.3 points per game over the past three contests.
Sutton caught two of six targets for 18 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-16 loss at the Jets.
Sutton's first career touchdown came early in the first quarter following a Jets fumble. Case Keenum scrambled right and found Sutton sprinting along the back of the end zone for an eight-yard score. Later, a 40-plus-yard catch-and-run by Sutton was waived off due to a controversial offensive pass interference call. Sutton has yet to break out in a Denver offense that appears to be headed in the wrong direction, but having given him five or more targets in four of five games, the offense is at least trying to get him going. Sunday will be a tough contest in which to ball out: The Rams have opened the season as arguably the most complete team in the league.
Sutton hurt his knee during Wednesday's practice, but he appears to be okay, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
While the injury isn't believed to be significant, it won't come as any surprise if Sutton is held out of Thursday's practice and/or Saturday's preseason game against the Bears. The second-round pick is competing with fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton for the No. 3 receiver job, though Sutton could have a role in the red zone even if he loses the battle.
Sutton grabbed a three-yard pass during Saturday's 42-28 preseason loss to Minnesota.
Denver was reportedly working more on concepts and situations than implementing a full-scale gameplan against the Vikings. That makes much of what happened on Saturday hard to judge, but the fact that he was targeted three times to fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton's one is a sign worth taking note of in the Broncos' battle for the No. 3 receiver job.
|8||10/28/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
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|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|