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Wide Receivers the Broncos Can Sign to Complement Courtland Sutton

By michael obermuller
Courtland Sutton catches a pass against the Oakland Raiders.
Courtland Sutton catches a pass against the Oakland Raiders. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
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Despite a shaky start, the Denver Broncos actually finished second in the AFC West in 2019. They did this with a defense that improved as the year went on, but perhaps the most encouraging takeaway from the 2019 campaign is the development of star wideout Courtland Sutton.

While Sutton certainly impressed, tallying 1,112 receiving yards and six touchdowns, the Broncos didn't have an established No. 2 wide receiver after they traded Emmanuel Sanders. In fact, the team's next leading WR was DaeSean Hamilton, who only had 297 receiving yards on 28 catches.

If Denver is looking to build around its promising young quarterback Drew Lock, the Broncos will almost certainly have to add another WR in the offseason. With that in mind, here are three receivers the Broncos can target in free agency.

1. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

Amari Cooper corrals a pass over a Redskins corner.
Amari Cooper corrals a pass over a Redskins corner. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The biggest fish on the market at WR is Dallas Cowboys' star Amari Cooper. Dallas would certainly love to keep Cooper, who had the eighth-most receiving yards in the NFL last year, but they already owe a significant sum to stars like Ezekiel Elliott and DeMarcus Lawrence, and the Cowboys will likely need to re-sign Dak Prescott as well. If Cooper does ultimately hit the open market, Denver would undoubtedly have a ton of competition for his services, but he'd be an excellent fit alongside Sutton. Cooper was tied for the ninth-most yards per target in the NFL (10.0), and his big-play ability would instantly give Lock one of the best WR duos in the league. Notably, Denver has the ninth-most cap space in the NFL, so the Broncos should have the flexibility to make a splash.

2. Robby Anderson, New York Jets

Robby Anderson hauls in a touchdown against the Bills.
Robby Anderson hauls in a touchdown against the Bills. / Elsa/Getty Images

A much cheaper option than Cooper, Robby Anderson could be an excellent consolation prize for the Broncos. Lock has a cannon for an arm, making the New York Jets' deep-ball threat a nice fit in this offense. Anderson might also benefit from serving as Denver's No. 2 option, rather than being the top target he often was in New York. Anderson followed up a 941-yard season in 2017 with 752 and 779 yards in 2018 and 2019, respectively, but his ability to take the top off the defense could open up a lot for Sutton and the Broncos.

3. Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Breshad Perriman outruns a Lions defensive back to catch a deep ball.
Breshad Perriman outruns a Lions defensive back to catch a deep ball. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

It's a small sample size, but Lock's longest pass from scrimmage only went 48 yards last season. Breshad Perriman is a really intriguing deep threat that carries a bit more risk than the other two options, but he'd also be available at a much cheaper price. The former first-round pick finally lived up to his draft status in Tampa Bay last year, filling in for both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin toward the end of the season. With 100-plus yards in each of his final three games and an average of 17.9 yards per reception (T-No. 4 in the NFL), Perriman could bring some much-needed speed to this Denver WR corps.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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