As Courtland Sutton cut his in-route across the field, he stopped on a dime, put his right hand back toward the sideline and reeled in a one-handed, 20-yard catch from Teddy Bridgewater.
Sutton then hit the grass, immediately bolted up and jogged past defenders to the end zone to induce a smattering of cheers from fans on the berm at Broncos' training camp.
That play during an 11-on-11 session on Wednesday summed up where the Broncos feel Sutton is at in his comeback from an ACL tear. Following nine days of training camp, Sutton appears to be regaining his Pro Bowl form of two seasons ago.
"You can see all his hard work from the summertime, when he was here in an empty facility for a long time and working and 'winning in the dark,' as we call it," Broncos wideout coach Zach Azzanni said. "He's a dream to coach and his talent is off the charts."
After an intense offseason rehabilitation program, Sutton's participation during OTAs, minicamp and now training camp has been carefully managed by the Broncos. Coach Vic Fangio said Sutton is in a similar situation to what outside linebacker Bradley Chubb was in last year.
"Get a little bit better each and every day," Fangio said.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Sutton has made "steady progress, and now you're seeing him make plays." Bridgewater agreed with both coaches.
"When he's out there making plays like (on Wednesday), we don't want him on the ground, but if he's on the ground making acrobatic catches and if he's stumbling and going to the ground, it's honestly building confidence for him," Bridgewater said. "He's going to continue to trust his knee more and that's exciting for us."
Quarterback Drew Lock also took note of Sutton's progression. Lock saw Sutton's rehabilitation firsthand at the team facility during the offseason.
"Absolutely I know he will (return to dominance)," Lock said. "I've seen the work that he's put in when I was here in the offseason. There's nothing in my bones that tell me he won't get back to that."
While Sutton ramps up to full strength physically he's also put an emphasis on being more of a vocal leader.
Sutton credits former Broncos wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas for instilling the values and mentoring ability in him that he's trying to bring to the team.
"Those are two guys that I vouch for very heavily and they taught me a lot of important things of how I carry myself as a receiver and as a vet in the locker room," Sutton said. "It's very important to have that presence in the locker room; it gives guys someone to look up to and someone to say this is a person that we can go to that understands what it takes, understands what is important in the moments. Especially when it gets to crunch time in the regular season and that final stretch pushing (toward) the playoffs."
Rookie wideout Seth Williams said he and other younger players have already been influenced by Sutton in a deep-and-talented positional group that also features Pro Bowl potential in Jerry Jeudy.
"He's a big influence on me," said Williams, the Broncos' sixth-round pick this year. "Just watching him and Tim (Patrick) play like they practice… I watch and study him every day and he gives me all the little tips and details in return."
For Jeudy, who had 856 yards on 52 catches and three touchdowns as a rookie, the return of Sutton gives the Broncos a potent one-two receiving punch they lacked last year. With Sutton drawing attention on the other side, Jeudy is likely to see much less coverage from opposing teams' top cornerbacks than he did a year ago.
Jeudy said it will be difficult for opposing defense to scheme ways to cover both wideouts.
"Having him out there is real big ," Jeudy emphasized.
Sutton racked up 1,112 yards on 72 catches with six touchdowns in 2019 before being limited to one half of one game last year after being hurt making a tackle on an interception return in Pittsburgh.
Looking down the road, the wideout hopes his lost 2020 is a footnote in what he wants to be an extended Denver career. As an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, a productive 2021 would go a long way toward ensuring that's the case.
"If I can be a Bronco for life, that would be a thing that I would love to be able to do," Sutton said. "However, I know that comes with consistent work. It's not just going to be something that's handed to me."
Denver Post reporter Ryan O'Halloran contributed to this report.
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