Denver Broncos: One thing we learned at every position through OTAs

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a play in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a play in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 09: DaeSean Hamilton #17 of the Denver Broncos crosses the goal line to score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 09: DaeSean Hamilton #17 of the Denver Broncos crosses the goal line to score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Wide Receiver: Young guys ready to take the leap

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello has the tall task of working with a group of wide receivers whose elder statesmen (healthy, anyway) are a group of second-year players in Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick.

Emmanuel Sanders will eventually return to give this group a much-needed veteran boost, but for now, the guys who have been part of the installation process of Scangarello’s new offense are NFL sophomores.

For one of the most difficult positions to learn in the NFL anyway, that’s a tough task.

Scangarello said they have been more than up to it so far.

"“The groups that have been assembled here and what the organization has brought together are guys that are smart and instinctive football players. I think when you have that, it can accelerate the process. I think we’re fortunate to have a group of guys like that. I think so far it’s minimized mental mistakes and it’s allowed us to go at a fast pace.” Rich Scangarello (all quotes via Broncos PR)"

Scangarello also commented on the great job wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni has done developing Courtland Sutton, and spoke of some of the difficult aspects of transitioning from spread offenses in college to NFL concepts.

"“I think it’s very difficult for receivers in the NFL—I think that the transition period takes a little bit of time, especially coming from SMU, a spread system. With his background, I think [WRs Coach] Zach Azzanni has done an amazing job developing him and being creative with how he’s taught him. He’s brought him along very fast. I think he’s gaining confidence. I think you combine a good football IQ, good work ethic, a good guy with some talent—the sky is the limit. We’ll see where he can take it.”"

The Broncos have a number of players whose talent and football IQ combine with great work ethic. That’s a combustible situation in the best way.