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Courtland Sutton named to first career Pro Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Courtland Sutton is heading to Orlando.

The NFL announced on Wednesday that the second-year Broncos receiver was named to the AFC's Pro Bowl team to replace Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, who is recovering from an injury.

Sutton racked up 1,112 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his second NFL season, showing a significant jump in his game as he became the Broncos' top offensive target and one of the league's most dangerous receiving threats. With his 6-foot-4, 216-pound frame and sticky hands, Sutton produced an enormous catch radius for his quarterbacks and put defensive backs in impossible positions. In addition to his receiving yards, Sutton drew numerous penalties against cornerbacks and safeties who could not defend him.

And after the catch, Sutton could be even scarier, as some defenders discovered when he unleashed his vicious stiff-arm on occasion. Sutton averaged 5.0 yards after each catch he made, a number that ranked tied for sixth in the NFL among receivers who received at least 90 targets in 2019.

Sutton is the first Broncos receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who both received the honor in 2016. By making the 2020 Pro Bowl in his second career season, Sutton is also the fastest Broncos wide receiver to make his first Pro Bowl.

Sutton joins Von Miller as the second Broncos player on the 2020 Pro Bowl roster. Safety Kareem Jackson and return specialist Diontae Spencer are Pro Bowl alternates and could join them in Orlando if other players are unable to play.

Flip back through Courtland Sutton's breakout 2019 season with these photos.

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