Broncos WR Courtland Sutton emerging as Russell Wilson’s favorite target

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With Tim Patrick out for the year and KJ Hamler and Jerry Jeudy both working their way back from injuries, Courtland Sutton is one of the last receivers standing for the Denver Broncos, and he’s taken advantage of his opportunities.

“We started targeting him quite a bit, he made some huge plays,” coach Nathaniel Hackett said after Sutton caught seven passes for 122 yards last week. “That third-down play — third and long — was absolutely a thing of beauty. Then he made some big plays across the board and that’s what you need. You need your captain, like Courtland to step up in those situations, and he and Russell did.”

Even before his teammates suffered injuries, Sutton appeared to emerge as quarterback Russell Wilson’s favorite target during the summer. That has certainly been the case through two games as Sutton leads the team with 18 targets.

Sutton is yet to catch a touchdown pass this season but he leads the team with 194 receiving yards, and he appears poised to remain Wilson’s favorite target going forward.

Story originally appeared on Broncos Wire