As the Denver Broncos wrap up OTA’s with their mandatory minicamp this week, Case Keenum has gotten a lot more work in with the two rookie wide receivers from the 2018 NFL Draft. Both Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton have impressed Keenum.
“‘Court,’ (Sutton) he’s a friendly target and I like throwing him the football,” Keenum said on Tuesday. “He’s done really, really well. I think he’s come a long way and I’m excited to throw him the football. DaeSean is just in the right place at the right time. He doesn’t act like a rookie and he’s not playing like a rookie. To have a receiver that you can count on to be in the right place at the right time, that’s always a huge plus.”
That is high praise coming from a veteran quarterback. For Keenum, having guys like Sutton and Demaryius Thomas who both can go up and win the jump balls is a luxury he’ll enjoy during the regular season - especially in the red zone.
As for Hamilton, being in the right place at the right time is the easiest way to win over a quarterbacks trust. The young rookie will complement Emmanuel Sanders greatly this season.
Head coach Vance Joseph was asked about Hamilton’s route running and he noted it was one of the skillset’s that impressed them at the Senior Bowl.
“I’m not sure, but it’s a skillset that we saw at the Senior Bowl,” Joseph said when asked if he thought it was rare to have a rookie who can run routes so well. “Having him for a week was a good deal for us. He’s a guy that’s been a four-year starter in college and that’s rare, to have a guy that’s played four years of college football. I think the more guys who play four years, the more you’ll see that skillset shine.”
The Broncos will certainly benefit from having the kind of depth they appear to have at wide receiver. With the rookies and Carlos Henderson backing up Thomas and Sanders, Keenum shouldn’t miss a beat with the playcalling no matter what the personnel grouping is at the wide receiver position.