‘He’s really a dangerous player’: How Courtland Sutton’s focus on the little things led to a big year

The Broncos blew it. After jumping to a 10-point lead in the third quarter in Indianapolis, they watched it dwindle away until it was gone completely with a last-second field goal. What could have been their third win of the season instead was their sixth loss.

Any remaining hope of a playoff run faded away into the stands of Lucas Oil Field.

Courtland Sutton, the Broncos’ second-year receiver who was working on a Pro Bowl-worthy season, stood at his locker afterward pissed off. His team lost. His team had made a habit of losing. He had three catches, 72 yards and enough reason to think his day would be forgotten among the many other losses the Broncos endured since he arrived.

But what few knew at the time was that his performance was months in the making. It was the result of hours of film study of one of the game’s top receivers, many more hours of working with a 14-year NFL veteran in the offseason and a mindset to be more than The Go-Route Guy, more...