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Broncos fixin’ to find out about Courtland Sutton after DT trade

Oct 30, 2018, 1:59 PM | Updated: 2:20 pm
Wide receiver Courtland Sutton #14 of the Denver Broncos runs up field during the second half again...
Wide receiver Courtland Sutton #14 of the Denver Broncos runs up field during the second half against defensive back Kendall Fuller #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs on October 28, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos are now fixin’ to find out about rookie wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

But is the first-year pro out of SMU ready to step into the shoes of the now departed Demaryius Thomas?

“Well, we’ll find out. Let’s see what Courtland Sutton looks like now that he’s going to be the guy, he’s going to be the starter,” said “Stokley and Zach” co-host Brandon Stokley on Tuesday.

Sutton, who led the Broncos with 78 yards receiving in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, now sits behind Emmanuel Sanders on the Denver depth chart after the team traded Thomas to the Houston Texans on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick.

“We thought that this would give Courtland a chance to get out there, play more and become a bigger part of it because we think he’s ready to go,” Broncos general manager John Elway said Tuesday. “He’s played well up to this point in time. Hopefully, this accelerates his maturity.”

Stokley, who played alongside Thomas with Denver in 2012, said he believes Sutton is “ready for this moment.”

“I think, if you’ve watched him all along, you would come to that conclusion, that he’s ready,” Stokley said. “He’s done some really good things in the games. And I think the more experience and the more playing time, he’ll just get better and better and more comfortable out there.”

But, the jury is still out on whether Sutton can go from a backup to a mainstay on the Denver offense.

“You can look the part and you can do everything the right way when you’re the third or fourth guy or the backup guy, but when you become the guy things are different,” Stokley said.

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