TEMPE, Ariz. -- The chatter about Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton's diminished statistical production this season refuses to go away.
The most recent round of criticism came last week from a column written by NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, the same person who first suggested Sutton may have lost some explosiveness after gaining weight in the offseason following a dominant 2012 in which he earned All-America and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
"He seems to have lost his quickness," the column read. "He has to improve over the next six games if he is going to be a first-round pick, starting with the Sun Devils' homecoming game against Washington this weekend."
Chances are Sutton didn't even see the remark, but he went out and had his best performance of the season anyway in ASU's 53-24 win, collecting three tackles for loss, a sack and pass breakup.
Even if Sutton has heard the recent dialogue about his added weight -- often misunderstood to be more than it act...