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Courtland Sutton proving to be an excellent playmaker in 2021

Courtland Sutton’s never been viewed as an elite deep threat, but his speed has been a surprising boon for this team in 2021.

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Courtland Sutton hasn’t been billed as a deep threat often in his career, but now that he’s fully healthy, his speed has started to come alive so far this season.

The NFL’s biggest trend in recent years has been Next Gen Stats tracking, enabled by Zebra Technologies’ on-field tracking. They release all sorts of interesting analytical data that measure player performance.

This week, they released their statistics and tracking data across the league through Week 6. Courtland Sutton found himself among some rather impressive names for an eyebrow-raising stat.

Most Snaps Reaching 20+ mph Among Offensive Players

Henry Ruggs: 11

Tyreek Hill: 8

Courtland Sutton: 7

D.J. Moore: 6

Ja’Marr Chase: 6

Broncos fans are very familiar with one of those names and are starting to become more familiar with the leader, but Sutton being right up there with the speedsters in Henry Ruggs and Tyreek Hill is certainly an interesting stat. For reference, look at each players’ 40 times coming out of college:

Henry Ruggs: 4.27
Tyreek Hill: 4.29
DJ Moore: 4.42
Ja’Marr Chase: 4.34
Courtland Sutton: 4.54

What’s even more impressive is Sutton is moving like that at about 6’3 and roughly 220 pounds. None of those other players on that list are even close size-wise to Sutton. He’s quickly becoming a stellar receiver for the Broncos. Him and Jerry Jeudy should be a dynamic duo for years, provided they stay healthy.

Courtland Sutton currently has recorded 33 receptions, 471 yards, and two touchdowns on the season.

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