ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Courtland Sutton showcased his potential in the Broncos’ new-look offense with a remarkable play during practice. In an early team period, Russell Wilson threw a pass towards the left sideline, and Sutton made an impressive leap to catch the ball out of the air. Despite being defended by All-Pro cornerback Pat Surtain II, Sutton managed to spin and get both feet in bounds to complete the catch. This play, reminiscent of Sutton’s 2019 training camp, where he had a breakout Pro Bowl season, was one of the highlights of the day for the offense. Sutton had an exceptional year in 2019, with 72 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns, earning him praise from Head Coach Sean Payton.
Wilson distributed the ball well throughout the practice session, but it was Sutton’s big play that stood out. Meanwhile, the Broncos’ defense put up a strong fight, consistently applying pressure on the quarterback and disrupting the backfield. Regardless of whether it was against the first, second, or third-team units, the defense was able to compress the pocket, forcing the quarterback to either scramble or release the football. The pressure didn’t come from a single player, but rather the entire defensive front, which showcased their collective strength.
The true test for the pass rush will come on Monday when the team practices with pads, as this will provide a more accurate assessment of their success rate. There were also notable defensive plays during Saturday’s practice. Surtain came close to recording his first interception of training camp as he matched Jerry Jeudy’s stride and got his hands on a deep pass. Wilson connected with running back Samaje Perine for a big gain due to a broken coverage. Additionally, cornerback Faion Hicks intercepted a pass intended for the second-team offense and returned it all the way for a touchdown, finishing the play with a flip.
On the offensive side, fullback Mike Burton made some impressive catches, including one over his head. Inside linebacker Justin Strnad had a nice pass breakup during the 7-on-7 drills, while rookie inside linebacker Drew Sanders showcased his skills by defending a target against tight end Greg Dulcich. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey is expected to return to practice on Monday after missing three consecutive sessions due to a family bereavement. On the other hand, safety Kareem Jackson and left tackle Garett Bolles returned to practice on Saturday.
Overall, Saturday’s practice provided a glimpse into the potential of the Broncos’ new-look offense with Courtland Sutton making a notable play. The defense also displayed its prowess, consistently pressuring the quarterback and disrupting the backfield. With Monday’s practice session with pads, the team will have a better understanding of the pass rush’s effectiveness. As training camp progresses, numerous players continue to make their mark on both sides of the ball, further strengthening the team’s depth and competitiveness.