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Broncos WR Courtland Sutton projects early ‘success’ with Bo Nix as starter

Courtland Sutton was a second-round pick in 2018. He joined the Denver Broncos at the beginning of the end of the late Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders era.

Despite nothing but quarterback instability, Sutton found ways to thrive. He earned Pro Bowl honors in his sophomore year, catching passes from three different starting quarterbacks along the way that season.

Sutton, like his teammates, had hoped the Russell Wilson trade would usher in an era of costly, elusive quarterback stability. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, and Sean Payton has since made a reboot at the position, with all of the Broncos’ hopes and dreams pinned on rookie first-rounder Bo Nix.

Sutton understands there is a three-way quarterback competition going on, including the rookie, Jarrett Stidham and Zach Wilson, but when the Broncos turn to Nix, he doesn’t see it being a multi-year process where they bump heads in the process . -and-error-path. Sutton foresees early success.

“We want to win now,” Sutton said Wednesday. “I think Bo is a young man and a man that they rate very highly. I understand the politics of the game and everyone wants him to be the man. I think he does a lot of things very well and I think he did.” the ability to get started early and succeed. I don’t see this as a three or four year process. If it becomes a three- or four-year dynasty, I hope I can be part of it. ”

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Due to his unchanged demands for a raise, which the Broncos have not met thus far, Sutton is still speaking as if he is unsure if he will be part of it. And while that dispute remains unresolved, there’s always a chance it could end if he’s traded.

But all signs point to the Broncos finding a way to make Sutton happy. After all, every young quarterback needs that bona fide security blanket and if nothing else, that’s something Sutton has offered with great success to the carousel of signal callers he’s played with since 2018.

“I hope I’m part of the bigger picture,” Sutton said. “I’ve been told this is the game plan. I’ve been told some other things too. We’ll see what happens. I hope I can be part of the game plan. I don’t see it either. It will be a soft reset. I’m also praying and working on it and hopefully staying in the guys’ ears that this isn’t going to be a three-year process.”

Sutton underwent offseason ankle surgery, which is another reason the Broncos haven’t lost any sleep over him missing the entire voluntary portion of the offseason training program. The 28-year-old veteran has earned some rest and recovery, but the attack of the season will soon come.

The Broncos will need every weapon in their arsenal if they want to compete successfully in the AFC West arms race. The Kansas City Chiefs defend Super Bowl champions again, while the Los Angeles Chargers finally put an end to the failed Brandon Staley experiment and hired the coveted Jim Harbaugh to take Justin Herbert to the next level.

The Broncos have undergone a reset, but if nothing else, perhaps Sutton’s words reveal that internally, Payton and company don’t want the players to mistake this offseason’s tectonic personnel changes as an excuse to ship it out during a rebuild. One of the reasons the Broncos drafted Nix was because at 24 years old, and with an NCAA record 61 career under his belt, the former Oregon star is ready for the NFL.

Time will tell.

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