Needs to step up in 2022

Sutton could take on a heightened role in the Denver passing game in 2022 after fellow wideout Tim Patrick suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Sutton already profiled as Denver's No. 1 wideout entering 2022 after he finished last season with 58 catches for 776 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games, but the loss of Patrick leaves even more target volume to go around. KJ Hamler is the leading candidate to step into a regular role in three-receiver sets and should benefit from a pure playing-time standpoint, but he, Sutton and Jerry Jeudy along with Denver's tight ends will all be collectively tasked with picking up the pass-catching slack sans Patrick. Even before Patrick's injury, Sutton already looked poised for an uptick in production with Denver making a significant upgrade at quarterback this offseason with the acquisition of Russell Wilson.

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Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

QB | DEN

May not play Saturday

Wilson won't play much, if at all, in Saturday's preseason game against Dallas, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Greg Dulcich

TE | DEN

Misses practice

Dulcich (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton

WR | DEN

Practices fully

Sutton (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Ellie Kinney of The Broncos' official site reports.

Seeing targets from Russell Wilson

Okwuegbunam has been a popular target of quarterback Russell Wilson during training camp, with head coach Nathaniel Hackett noting Tuesday that the tight end has become more comfortable in Denver's new offense after a slow start at OTAs, Andrew Mason of 104.5 The Fan Denver reports.

Javonte Williams

Javonte Williams

RB | DEN

Listed as starter

Williams is listed as the starting running back on the Broncos' first unofficial depth chart ahead of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton

WR | DEN

Dealing with shoulder issue

Though Sutton (shoulder) was present for Tuesday's practice, he didn't participate in wide receiver or team drills, Ellie Kinney of the Broncos' official site reports.