5 reasons Broncos can win the Super Bowl this year

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Denver Broncos, Courtland Sutton
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Courtland Sutton & Jerry Jeudy

When Denver drafted Courtland Sutton in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, they envisioned he’d replace aging veteran Demaryius Thomas as the top wide receiver in their offense. While his rookie season failed to live up to those expectations, seeing him catch only 50 percent of his targets (42 receptions on 84 targets), and gain only 700 yards through the air.

But 2019 was a different story entirely, as the (then) second year receiver broke out, especially with rookie quarterback Drew Lock, and gained 1,200 yards and made the first (of many) Pro Bowl appearances of his career.

The team committed itself to improving the position behind Sutton, too, heading into 2020. And, in fact, they tripled-down on that commitment – adding receiving Jerry Jeudy in the first round of the draft, another receiver in KJ Hamler in the second, and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the fourth.

These three rookies, combined with Sutton and returning tight end Noah Fant, should make the passing threat posed by the Denver offense a legitimate force in 2020.

But the real story here is Jeudy and Sutton. With this pair, the Broncos should legitimately expect to have two number one wide receivers, and should form one of the most imposing receiving tandems in the entire NFL. That reality, paired with a bonafide franchise signal-caller, should allow the Broncos to score enough points to be in nearly every contest they face.

Denver bet big on their young quarterback, investing heavily in offensive threats this offseason. If they’re right, particularly about the pairing on Sutton and Jeudy, they could compete for the Super Bowl LV title.