Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton

28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Denver Broncos
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Sutton still hasn't come close to matching his career-high 1,112 receiving in 2019, his second pro season, but 2023 at least was his best year since suffering an ACL tear Week 1 of 2020. While targeted slightly less often than in 2021 and 2022, the 6-4 wideout scored TDs on 10 of his 59 receptions in 2023 and had a career-high 65.6 percent catch rate along with 8.6 YPT (his best mark since 2019). Russell Wilson's second season with the Broncos, while not exactly impressive, represented the highest quality of QB play Sutton has experienced since the team drafted him 40th overall in 2018. The ACL tear interrupted what looked like a standard progression for a highly regarded prospect -- 704 yards as a rookie, 1,112 in Year 2 -- and the QB carousel in Denver hasn't done Sutton any favors. He'll enter his age-28 season with another new Week 1 starter under center, be it first-round pick Bo Nix or sketchy veteran Jarrett Stidham. The good news, in addition to Sutton playing better last year, is that target competition looks weak after the Broncos dealt Jerry Jeudy to the Browns and replaced him with Josh Reynolds (career high of 618 yards) and fourth-round pick Troy Franklin. Touchdown regression is a given and per-target efficiency a challenge, but Sutton might be able to make up for it -- at least partially -- if he ventures north of triple-digit targets after drawing only 90 last year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $60.8 million contract with the Broncos in November of 2021.
May still consider holdout
WRDenver Broncos
June 13, 2024
Sutton is still unhappy with his contract and suggested Tuesday that he might consider holding out from training camp, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It would be unusual for a player to report to June minicamp (the first mandatory team activities of the year) and then hold out for the start of training camp. Sutton revealed earlier this week that he had minor ankle surgery in the offseason and was away from the team during OTAs as a result, but it sounds like displeasure with his contract may also have been a factor. While most of his Tuesday comments reflected optimism about eventually reaching an agreement, Sutton also said negotiations "are at a stalemate in a sense." He has two years remaining on his contract, scheduled for $13.6 million in compensation this season ($2 million) and $14 million next year (none guaranteed). Sutton's comments suggest he wants a contract extension, but it won't be shocking if he ultimately settles for an adjustment that adds guaranteed money without adding years. Meanwhile, there's no indication of his ankle still being a problem.
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How do Courtland Sutton's 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
65.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.43
 
% Team Air Yards
30.5%
 
% Team Targets
18.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
11.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.6%
 
Drop Rate
7.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.8
 
% Targeted On Route
20.1%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.73
 
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73672%
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36236%
343%
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91%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Courtland Sutton's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
216 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.11 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.57 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
18 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sutton turns 28 in October, at which point he'll be more than three years removed from the ACL tear he suffered Week 1 of 2020. His two seasons since then have been major disappointments, with the 2018 second-round pick turning in 776 and 829 receiving yards while scoring only two TDs both years. He's never caught 60 percent of his targets in a season, even in 2019 when he had 1,112 yards, though it's arguably excusable given that he's always dealt with poor QB play and never had an aDOT below 11.6. While Sutton isn't a burner, his 4.54 40 time was more than sufficient at 6-3, 218, and he landed top 5 among WRs at the 2018 combine in the short shuttle (4.11 sec.), three-cone drill (6.57 seconds) and broad jump (124 inches). He might have lost some of the speed and agility after his injury, and last year's lack of production with Russell Wilson at QB seems more concerning after the Denver offense improved somewhat toward end of the season with the help of a huge finish from fellow WR Jerry Jeudy — Jeudy finished with nine fewer targets than Sutton but 143 more yards and four more TDs (both played 15 games). Sutton has even been mentioned as a trade candidate, with Tim Patrick coming back from last summer's ACL tear and the Broncos using a second-round pick on Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims to give new coach Sean Payton a speedy deep threat.
Sutton initially traveled the expected path for a second-round pick, topping 700 yards as a rookie (2018) and 1,100 in his second season. Things got off track with an ACL tear Week 1 of Year 3, and while he made it back last year to play 17 games, his receiving output was minimal. Sutton actually got off to a nice start with 471 yards and two TDs through six weeks, only to go the rest of the year without scoring a touchdown nor reaching 70 yards in a game. Those first six weeks accounted for 54 percent of Sutton's total targets and 61 percent of his yards. And while ugly QB play helps explain the poor efficiency, it's harder to excuse Sutton's 19.0 percent target share, a massive dip compared to his 2019 breakout (25.8 percent). Sure, the Broncos had a deep group of pass catchers, but there was no dominant force among the bunch and Jerry Jeudy missed seven games. The hope now in Denver is for either Sutton, Jeudy or both to become a true No. 1 WR, with the help of new franchise QB Russell Wilson and coach Nathaniel Hackett (former Packers OC). There's competition for targets between Sutton, Jeudy and 2020 second-round pick KJ Hamler after Tim Patrick suffered a torn ACL early in training camp, but the addition of Wilson gives Sutton a nice chance to rebound and perhaps even exist simultaneously with Jeudy as a fantasy asset.
One of the breakout stars of 2019, Sutton tore his ACL in Week 1 last year and missed the rest of the season. Sutton put up impressive numbers in 2019, his second year in the league - 15.4 YPC, 8.9 YPT, six catches of 40-plus yards on 125 targets, despite playing with Drew Lock, Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen. At 6-4, 216, and running a 4.54 40, Sutton is huge for a wideout, and fast enough to get down the field where his catch radius and athleticism allow him to outmatch defensive backs. In fact, Sutton led the NFL in drawn pass interference penalties too, something that doesn't show up in the box score. Sutton's ACL recovery is going well -- he was already running routes in March and was cleared for the start of training camp in late July and for a preseason appearance in late August. The bigger issue is that Teddy Bridgewater is slated to be the team's starter, putting a ceiling on the team's passing game. Moreover, though a healthy Sutton is probably still the Broncos' top target, second-year pro Jerry Jeudy could push him for that role, and Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler and tight end Noah Fant should also be involved.
Sutton was one of several young receivers who broke out in 2019, managing 15.4 YPC (7th) and 8.9 YPT (11th), despite adjusting to a variety of low-end quarterbacks throughout the season. At 6-3, 218, Sutton is a downfield playmaker despite average timed speed (4.54 40). His size, length, athleticism and catch radius allow him to go over top of defensive backs even when he hasn't created much separation - six catches of 40-plus (T-7th) and 18 of 20-plus (T-8th) on 125 targets (18th). Sutton was also active in the red zone with 20 targets (T-8th), including nine from inside the 10 (T-9th), and he tied for the league lead in pass interference penalties drawn with eight. Of some concern is Sutton's drop-off once Emmanuel Sanders was traded - his per-game numbers fell by 1.1 catches and 19.7 yards. But Sutton will have two strong complements - and also more competition for targets - after the Broncos drafted Jerry Jeudy in the first and KJ Hamler in the second round. Hamler profiles more as a slot receiver and deep threat, while Jeudy will run routes all over the field opposite Sutton. Suddenly, second-year quarterback Drew Lock has a loaded offense, which includes 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant at tight end and free-agent signee Melvin Gordon in the backfield, but Sutton is still the favorite to lead the team in targets.
Taken with the 40th pick in the 2018 draft, Sutton got an extended opportunity with the Broncos after Demaryius Thomas was traded midseason. The results were passable under the circumstances - Sutton managed 8.4 YPT, 16 catches of 20-plus and three catches of 40-plus yards on 84 targets with Case Keenum at quarterback. At 6-3, 218, Sutton is a substantial receiver with a large catch radius, making him a good candidate for red-zone looks, even though he had only eight last year. He's not especially swift - 4.54 40 speed is roughly average for a receiver his size - and he dropped nine passes (10.7 percent of his targets) last year. Sutton should have a significant role again this season, though last year's top target, Emmanuel Sanders, appears to be back from an Achilles injury, and the team drafted tight end Noah Fant in the first round. More important, the Broncos' passing game - especially with newly signed Joe Flacco under center - projects to be among the league's worst.
Taken with the 40th pick in the draft, Sutton has a promising future, but enters the year as at best the Broncos' No. 3 target behind stalwarts Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. At 6-3, 218, and with a large catch radius, Sutton profiles as a good red-zone target - he scored 22 TDs his final two seasons in college - but his 4.54 40 speed is merely average for even a big receiver. GM John Elway believes Sutton can take over as the team's No. 1 eventually, but barring an injury to Thomas and Sanders, the rookie likely have to wait at least another year.
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Had offseason surgery, feels good
WRDenver Broncos
June 11, 2024
Sutton said Tuesday he underwent ankle surgery earlier this offseason and was away from the team during OTAs as a result of his rehab, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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To attend minicamp
WRDenver Broncos
June 6, 2024
Sutton said Thursday he will attend Denver's mandatory minicamp after having skipped voluntary OTAs, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports.
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No concern about OTA absence
WRDenver Broncos
April 19, 2024
Broncos GM George Paton suggested Thursday that he isn't worried about Sutton's absence from voluntary offseason workouts, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. "It's 100 percent voluntary," Paton said. "It's the first week of the offseason program. I've talked to Courtland. He's in a good place, and I'll just leave it at that."
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Not at voluntary OTAs
WRDenver Broncos
April 16, 2024
Sutton (ankle) wants a new contract and hasn't reported to voluntary OTAs, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Catches one pass in loss
WRDenver Broncos
Ankle
January 10, 2024
Sutton played 28 snaps on offense and caught one of four targets for two yards in Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Raiders before departing with an ankle injury.
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Noncommittal on training camp
WRDenver Broncos
June 15, 2024
Sutton attended mandatory minicamp in June but wouldn't commit to being at training camp in July without a new contract, Jon Heath of USA Today Broncos Wire reports. "We'll see what happens," Sutton said when asked whether he would attend training camp. "Got a month to be able to get things situated."
ANALYSIS
Sutton has maintained that he wants to remain in Denver long term, so the 28-year-old wide receiver is hoping for more job security on a new deal. While his current contract runs through the end of the 2025 season, Sutton has only $2 million guaranteed among the $27.6 million owed him over that span. According to the wide receiver, contract talks between his camp and the Broncos have hit a stalemate.
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