Sutton and Surtain stand out in Week 2 win


Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, United States; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) reacts after a second quarter capture against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Two Broncos with calm first weeks decided to warn the NFL. One for the first time, and the other once again.

Courtland Sutton and Patrick Surtain both had minimal impact on the Broncos’ Week 1 bombing against the New York Giants. Additionally, every player was in the spotlight due to injury in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Sutton put the passing game on his back with a phenomenal performance. His Week 2 results led to career highs in catches and yards. Showing little to no rust that many fans were concerned about, the No.14 was a force from the first game until the game was decided. On the other hand, Surtain overcame his early mistakes to land his first interception.

Ultimately, each player provided a lift for their units and helped propel the Broncos to their first 2-0 start since the 2018 season.

Looking at the play, the engagement of appellant Pat Shurmur and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to push the ball towards Sutton led to a monster completion. This game effectively changed the way the Jaguars defended the Broncos. The successful shooting game took over their defense for the remainder of the game.

Surtain was chosen early. However, he learned on the fly and made adjustments throughout the contest, ultimately creating a key turnover on a similar game he was beaten on earlier in the game.

Here’s how each critical game came about and what led to those watershed moments.

Sutton Recovers As Premier From Deep Threat

Blast from the past, Sutton shows off his 2019 form.

Against the Giants, Sutton grabbed three targets for 14 yards. Questions about who would be the Broncos’ WR1 after Jerry Jeudy’s injury were all over the air in Denver. Most of the dialogue didn’t include Sutton, who is only a year away from an ACL injury in 2020.

All conversations should have ended with the 2019 Pro Bowler, as it dominated the Jaguars early and often.

The Broncos’ game plan was to attack the Jags in depth but started with minimal success. Early Sunday, relationship development with Bridgewater started a bit slow on Sunday.

Sutton tried out the former Seahawks cornerback Griffon Shaquill deep and nearly culminated in Bridgewater’s first interception of the season. Down 7-3, Bridgewater seeks Sutton deep along the right side. With good protection, the Broncos attacked vertically. Griffin, who came in early on the ball, nearly fell with the interception.

Shurmur and Bridgewater were out of phase and continued to advance the ball to Sutton. Later in the second quarter, Bridgewater turns to No.14 again and this time they connect for a big win.

Sutton is gaining ground on a similar course. This time, coming from the left side of the formation’s offensive. He gains influence over the defender in zero man-to-man coverage and moves to the post. Bridgewater delivers the ball in time, hitting Sutton in stride, setting up another Broncos touchdown.

Previously, the connection between QB and WR continued to develop organically. On the 2nd and 10th, Bridgewater manipulated the pocket. Sutton crosses the field and turns his route into a wheel on the sideline. Bridgewater has an idea of ​​Sutton’s route and knows where he will be. Both run the game perfectly for another big payoff on the right side. To top it off, the Broncos would take the lead on a Bridgewater touchdown pass to Tim Patrick.

When all was said and done, Sutton exploded for a total of nine catches for 159 yards and the NFL lead in overhead yards.

Sutton’s big game helped ignite the offense while once again asserting himself as a true WR1.

Broncos rookie Surtain burns top pick Lawrence with first NFL interception

Like father, like son.

Surtain showed the same ilk as his father of the same name. Senior Surtain, a Pro-Bowl player himself with the Miami Dolphins, has passed elite ball skills down to a generation.

Young Surtain, who battled the Giants, also got off to a slow start against Jacksonville.

The Alabama rookie lined up mostly on the right side of the defense in place of an injured Ronald Darby. The Jaguar’s game plan was to attack the youngster early and often.

Surtain was beaten early, putting the Jaguars within shooting range.

The DJ Chark receiver came out vertically, thus obtaining leverage on Surtain. The recruit is beaten by a step or two. Trolling behind Chark, Surtain was unable to locate the ball and struck the Jaguars receiver and committed a 36-yard pass interference penalty.

The Jaguars sensed an opportunity and continued to attack Surtain.

However, he took note of how Lawrence had attacked him and made the necessary adjustments.

The Jaguars lost 20-7 in the fourth quarter and returned to the pits to come back into the game. Lawrence has an empty formation with moves to his left. Surtain is paired one-on-one with the receiver. This time, Surtain uses his leverage to force the receiver to the limit, using the sideline as an additional defender. The ball moves deeply and Surtain contorts his body, staying within bounds while descending with the interception.

Surtain makes the game without the help of Simmons who sinks on the opposite side and stops the race of the Jaguars.

That interception closed the door on any comeback and helps the Broncos secure another valuable victory.

With big plays from two players needing to bounce back from a tough opening game, Sutton and Surtain secured the Broncos a victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

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