Broncos WR Courtland Sutton on getting Russell Wilson: ‘We’re so excited’

Russell Wilson is bound for Denver, and arriving with him is full of Mile High aspirations and anticipations.

The Broncos have a talented young generation of receivers collectively grinning ear to ear at the prospect of Wilson’s arrival, former Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton confirms.

“We’re so excited,” Sutton said Thursday. Full NFL Access of Denver agreeing to acquire Wilson in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. “Our room, an attack, a team, we’ve had a lot of guys come in and contribute and every step we’ve had has been appreciated. But to be able to get Russ in and, to have the success he’s had, to have the knowledge that he has, for us as young guys, all the young talent that we have, that’s what we need. We need this guy who’s going to come in and be, you know, him, who he is, what he already brings to the table. We are thrilled.

Sutton was a Pro Bowler and 1,000-yard receiver in 2019 playing with the Broncos’ parade of starting quarterbacks with Joe Flacco, Drew Lock and Brandon Allen. So, it’s not hard to see how excited he is to welcome Wilson, a quarterback with nine Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl win, to his resume.

Although the trade may not become official until the start of the league’s new year on March 16, Sutton and fellow receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler have already been in communication and discussed the preliminary plans to meet for off-season training.

“It sets the tempo for our whole team,” Sutton said. “Everyone understands what time everyone is on and where we’re trying to get to. It’s certainly exciting.”

The aforementioned receiving group is understandably amped up to play with Wilson, but getting to know their new QB and building chemistry ahead of time is paramount.

“Having a brand new quarterback, a brand new offense, all the reps we can get will be huge,” Sutton said.

In the eyes of many, the Broncos have been one quarterback away from returning to the playoffs and being an AFC West title contender since winning Super Bowl 50. Six seasons have passed since then. with barely a playoff spot in Denver. However, Sutton points out that nothing has been accomplished yet. The job needs to be set up.

It’s an approach underscored when you consider the Broncos reside in the AFC West, which has conference heavyweight Kansas City, a Las Vegas team that made the playoffs in 2021, and a team from Los Angeles. Angeles who trades for elite passer Khalil Mack.

The excitement is real, but nothing has been accomplished yet.

“We failed to manage [AFC] West like we should and like we want,” Sutton said. “Having Russ is definitely going to put us where we want to be. It’s up to us to go out there and put that work in place. All of these things sound really good, on paper. But it’s up to us to do that work, until the start of the season, to be able to put ourselves in this place and be able to say that we are the best in the west. It won’t just be something given to us because we got Russ back. It’s up to us, all of us, to bring this work together and take it to the next level, to maximize this potential.”

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