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Broncos vets are taking notice of the rookie receiver.

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What else is left to say about Courtland Sutton?

He has the potential to turn into the Chuck Norris of wide receivers.

A few days ago, in our Denver Broncos roster review series, I asked the question: Will the hype stick for Sutton? Three days later, there is no doubt. What the Broncos rookie is pulling off at training camp is incredible. Yes, Sutton still needs to bring this over to the preseason and regular season. Remain skeptical until you see it in a game.

But at some point that skepticism gives way to cynicism. Since camp started, Sutton has put on a clinic. He’s been consistent, regardless of who he’s going against and where he does it on the field. It seems to always result in a touchdown. As I said, Chuck Norris. Remember, he’s a rookie.

What makes it even more eye-popping is that, in the last two days, Sutton’s done it against Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby. So the argument that he needs to do it against the ones and twos is tabled. For what it’s worth: Sutton will go against the opposing defense’s No. 3 cornerbacks. Think about that when you see what he’s doing day in and day out. On the latest MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I talked about Sutton being one of the camp standouts.

“Who’s that?” Von Miller asked the media after practice on Saturday, drawing laughs. “No. 14? Hey, that guy’s cold. Courtland’s cold. We really did a great job with the draft this year. We do a great job every year, but we did a great job getting ‘14’, ‘55’ (Bradley Chubb), all of those guys. The rookies that we have this year are phenomenal.

“Courtland, he just brings a whole new dynamic. We’ve got D.T. (Demaryius Thomas) and Emmanuel (Sanders) off the top. They give defenses hell already, and then you’ve got Courtland right here. It’s going to be fun. Then we’ve got a great quarterback. Offensive line has gotten a whole lot better, too. Courtland is great, I sit right by him in the team meeting room. He just has that fire in him. He’s going to be great.”

When you throw in the consistency of Case Keenum, the depth at running back, the offensive line, and there’s actually talk of complimentary football in the Mile High City again. The days of the defense carrying the load may (finally) disappear. Again, until we see all of this on the field in an actual game, fans should remain skeptical. But with the garbage offense the Broncos have fielded the last two seasons, the excitement is warranted.

“It’s a lot more swag on the offense, a lot more confidence,” linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “Case gets back there and everybody else is doing their thing. Obviously, we always knew the receivers had talent. They were great, but now I feel like the whole unit is feeling it. The o-line is feeling it, the running backs are feeling it, the tight end group. There’s a lot more swagger, and I think they’re going to light up the scoreboard a little bit.”

The daily showings of Sutton only add to the optimism for the fans and team. Here’s where it gets really fun: He hasn’t scratched the surface. The chemistry he has with Keenum will continue to improve the more they play and succeed together. For those who think Sutton may get complacent from this strong start, his Twitter bio says it all: “Play like you’re in first. Train like you’re in second.” (Speaking of his Twitter account, his avi is of him on the Royal Gorge Bridge, which is badass).

“He’s pretty good,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said of Sutton. “I was in camp in Houston with (DeAndre) Hopkins as a rookie — very comparable — great ball skills, huge catch radius. For rookies, it’s tough because it’s different levels. It’s a different level next Saturday versus the Vikings, the following week against Chicago. We’ll see. As camp goes on, obviously the intensity goes up. As the season goes on, the intensity goes up. We’ll see how he continues to develop.”

At this point, what else is there to say about Sutton?

Just sit back and watch the Chuck Norris of receivers.

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