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Courtland Sutton

Will steady stream of touchdowns be Sutton's ticket out of Denver?

The trade deadline is a week from tomorrow. On that front, if the Broncos are hoping to move Courtland Sutton, they may have helped their cause by getting him a healthy number of touchdowns in the first seven weeks of the season.

At 2-5, Denver has had a disappointing season (increasing speculation that it will be a seller at the trade deadline), but Sutton has caught 5 touchdowns, tying for 3rd-most in the league. They’ve featured him heavily in the red zone, and he’s come through for them. He and Russell Wilson has a nice rapport in that part of the field.

Inside the 20, Sutton has caught 6 of the 8 passes thrown his way, including those 5 touchdowns. Most notably, he came up with the great TD catch late in the Arrowhead game.

The Broncos have another wide receiver who’s been mentioned in trade talks: Jerry Jeudy. Heading into the season, most (including myself) were thinking Jeudy was a lot better than Sutton. But while Jeudy has been similar to Sutton between the 20s, he hasn’t been a factor in the red zone. They’ve thrown him 2 passes in that part of the field, and they’ve both resulted in completions that lost yards.

Whether there’s a team out there interested in Sutton, I have no idea. I don’t see any teams out there with a screaming need at the position. I have heard a lot more about teams potentially wanting to trading wide receivers (Mike Evans, Hunter Renfrow, Hollywood Brown) rather than teams wanting to bring them in. Sutton has a base salary of $14 million, which is significant.

But the touchdowns are impressive. Thus far he’s one of the few players who’s caught over a third of his team’s touchdown passes.

PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 3 TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
PosPlayerIndTeamPct
WRTyreek Hill, Mia.71644%
WRStefon Diggs, Buff.61540%
WRJakobi Meyers, L.V.5863%
TEMark Andrews, Balt.5863%
WRDJ Moore, Chi.51242%
WRCourtland Sutton, Den.51338%
WRAdam Thielen, Car.4850%
WRMike Evans, T.B.4850%
WRRomeo Doubs, G.B.41040%
WRKeenan Allen, LAC41136%
WRJordan Addison, Min.41429%
WRGabriel Davis, Buff.41527%
TETravis Kelce, K.C.41527%
WRMarquise Brown, Ari.3650%
WRJaMarr Chase, Cin.3743%
WRKendrick Bourne, N.E.3743%
WRTutu Atwell, LAR3743%
WRChristian Kirk, Jac.3838%
WRDavante Adams, L.V.3838%
WRA.J. Brown, Phi.3933%
TEDalton Schultz, Hou.31030%
TEGeorge Kittle, S.F.31030%
WRJayden Reed, G.B.31030%
WRNico Collins, Hou.31030%
WRAmon-Ra St. Brown, Det.31127%
TEDonald Parham, LAC31127%
WRJosh Reynolds, Det.31127%
TESam LaPorta, Det.31127%
TECole Kmet, Chi.31225%
WRBrandon Johnson, Den.31323%
WRJustin Jefferson, Min.31421%
WRRashee Rice, K.C.31520%

—Ian Allan

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