Broncos WR Courtland Sutton Gushes Over Russell Wilson’s Impact on the AFC West

The Denver Broncos entered the 2022 offseason with plenty of uncertainty at the quarterback position. Well, the front office put those concerns to bed by trading for Russell Wilson. Adding a proven veteran to the fold has the entire building excited, including wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

General manager George Paton and the front office made a massive splash by acquiring the nine-time Pro Bowler from the Seattle Seahawks. Considering the massive gamble, the Broncos expect big things in 2022. The first step would be to become legitimate contenders in the crowded AFC West.

Courtland Sutton is thrilled to play with Russell Wilson

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton takes field before a game; Seahawks QB Russell Wilson run out of the tunnel before a game
Courtland Sutton of the Denver Broncos prepares to face the Cleveland Browns | Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks before game against the San Francisco 49ers | Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos weren’t terrible offensively in 2021, all things considered. However, they were missing the it-factor that could turn things up a notch. Russell Wilson certainly has the tools to be that guy.

Courtland Sutton is one of the several talented weapons the Seahawks legend will have at his disposal. The SMU product recently weighed in on the blockbuster trade on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access.

“We’re so excited,” said Sutton. “Our room, an offense, team, we’ve had a lot of guys come in and contribute, and every step that we’ve had, it’s been appreciated. But to be able to have Russ come in and, having the success that he’s had, having the knowledge that he has, for us as young guys, all the young talent that we have, that’s what we need. We need that guy that’s gonna come in and be, you know, him, who he is, what he already brings to the table.”

Sutton is heading into his fifth NFL season, and he believes Wilson can elevate his play and his teammates.

“It sets the tempo for our entire team,” he added. “Everybody understands the time that everybody’s on and where we’re trying to get to. It’s exciting for sure. Getting a brand new quarterback, brand new offense, all the reps that we can get are going to be huge.”

The former Seahawks QB should take the Broncos offense to another level

Russell Wilson just wrapped up his 10th NFL season, and it was somewhat of a down year by his standards. The former Seattle Seahawks signal-caller threw for 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing 64.8% of his passes. He missed three games after never missing a start in his first nine seasons.

Several circumstances negatively impacted the Seahawks offense, including a lack of innovation with the scheme. However, that likely will not be an issue with the Denver Broncos.

Denver recently hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as its new head coach. Given the weapons on this roster, expect the Broncos to open the playbook up.

Wilson is a significant upgrade over either Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock, who Denver included in the trade package. The 33-year-old quarterback is a proven veteran with a Super Bowl ring to his name.

The Broncos have numerous promising young skill players, including wide receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and K.J. Hamler and running back Javonte Williams. Defenses will also need to account for Tim Patrick and Albert Okwuegbunam.

Russell Wilson could very well be the missing piece to unlock the untapped potential of the Broncos offense.

How Denver stacks up in the AFC West after the trade

Inserting Russell Wilson into the locker room immediately makes the Denver Broncos a better football team. He’s a leader on and off the field and gives this young team a quarterback to believe in.

The Broncos posted a 7-10 record in 2021 under Vic Fangio, placing them last in the AFC West. The front office is undoubtedly hoping the team can make a significant leap with Wilson under center.

The current roster looks good on paper. Denver’s offense has talent at every skill position. If the offensive line can improve, the Broncos have top-10 potential on that side of the ball. The defense has been the strength of the team. Denver finished with the NFL’s third-ranked unit, allowing just 326.1 yards and 18.9 points per game.

Despite all of the talent on both sides of the ball, navigating the AFC West won’t be an easy task. The Kansas City Chiefs have dominated the division for the past six years. The Los Angeles Chargers narrowly missed the postseason but just added Khalil Mack to bolster their defense. The Las Vegas Raiders are a wild card under new head coach Josh McDaniels.

The Broncos have as much talent as any other team in the AFC West. With that comes high expectations. Time will tell if Russell Wilson and company can rise to the occasion. If not, many will consider this massive offseason gamble a failure.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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