Sutton ready for a bigger role with Thomas in Houston

Courtland Sutton's play made it easier for the Broncos to part with Thomas

Demaryius Thomas was traded in part to give more playing time to Courtland Sutton. The rookie wide receiver is ready for the spotlight after being an understudy.

“For sure,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t flinch from situations like this.”

Sutton was an intriguing talent from the moment the Broncos took him in the second round of the 2018 draft. He’s a taller version of Thomas, who was dealt to Houston before Tuesday’s trading deadline, and he has played well in stretches.

He will get a bigger role now, starting with Sunday’s game against the Texans – and Thomas.

“I was definitely sad to see him go. But we all have a job to perform and we have a job to do. If we don’t do it, then people lose their jobs,” he said. “Being put into the position that I am in, I have to make sure that I am performing every day, in practice, film-wise, and then, of course every time we have a game. I have to make sure I go out and perform to the level I supposed to perform.”

Sutton has been performing more and more, which helped make dealing Thomas a little easier. Sutton has 17 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He has shown the ability to win one-on-one battles for the ball.

“I think Courtland can be special. We’ve all watched him during training camp and through the first two months of the season,” head coach Vance Joseph said. “He’s got special ability. Now, he has to go prove it, along with DaeSean Hamilton and along with Tim Patrick. We’ve got some young guys that we think are capable. It speaks to our receiver room. It’s a young room, but it’s talented.”

CRAVENS DEBUTS: The Broncos will get some much-needed help in the secondary with safety Su’a Cravens expected to make his season debut against Houston. Cravens was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury before the season but was cleared to practice two weeks ago.

Denver’s secondary has been banged up. Safety Darian Stewart has missed two games with a neck injury, cornerback Bradley Roby is dealing with an ankle injury and cornerback Adam Jones is having trouble finding reps.

Cravens is ready to step in.

“I’ve been on the sideline the last eight weeks, so I’m excited to get out there finally,” he said.

His teammates are happy Cravens is playing.

“He’s a playmaker,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “To get a guy that’s a big body like him—he’s a great blitzer. He can play the run and also, he’s a big body size that can guard the tight ends too. Just another big body. He’s going to be huge. A lot of times he’s going to play right next to me.”