Courtland Sutton prepping for ‘a lot of competition’ among Broncos’ receivers
The Denver Broncos used their first two draft picks to surround second-year quarterback Drew Lock with potential game-changers such as Courtland Sutton.
Denver selected former Alabama wideout Jerry Jeudy in the first round before taking Penn State receiver K.J. Hamler in the second round. The Broncos also selected Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the fourth round, giving Lock a number of new pass-catchers ahead of his sophomore season.
Star Broncos wideout Courtland Sutton thinks the depth the team has at receiver–there are 13 on the 90-man offseason roster–will make for quite the battle come training camp (via Jon Heath of USA TODAY):
“There’s going to be a lot of competition in our room, a lot,” Sutton said. “Everyone in our room understands that. They understand that that’s just what the NFL is. It’s competition. Competition brings out the best in everyone. That’s something we all know as being athletes, being competitors.”
Not all 13 receivers will make the final, 53-man roster. But if Sutton’s message is any indication, they will certainly be pushing one another for roster spots.
Sutton’s place on the Broncos is safe. The former second-round pick had a huge year in 2019, hauling in 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. Sutton also cut his drop percentage in half, which is a huge sign given his penchant for making plays down the field.
Denver’s new No. 1 receiver already seems prepared to motivate his teammates by any means necessary, including instilling a sense of desperation.
The Broncos are hoping their depth at the skill position results in a big year for Lock, who went 4-1 as a starter last season.
Naturally, a big year from Lock would bode well for the Broncos, who are looking to reestablish themselves as contenders in the AFC West.