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Courtland Sutton leads Broncos’ receiving corps in victory at Bengals – The Denver Post

CINCINNATI — Wide receiver Courtland Sutton lined up across from Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips and smiled wide.

Sutton’s 6-foot-3 frame up against Phillips’ 5-foot-10 frame? Too easy.

“Once the ball was in the air, I feel like I’ve got a really good chance to make a play,” Sutton said. “Like 80-20 or maybe 90-10.”

Warranted confidence from the 23-year-old rookie receiver who played a big role in Denver’s 24-10 victory against Cincinnati here Sunday.

The Broncos led 7-3 early in the third quarter when offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave dialed up a deep shot to Sutton. Quarterback Case Keenum handled the second-down snap under center as receiver DaeSean Hamilton ran left-to-right in motion. Keenum utilized play action and didn’t hesitate in targeting Sutton down the right sideline for the 30-yard score.

“You just have to get it close,” Keenum said, “and he makes big plays.”

Sutton high-pointed the football above Phillips’ head and hauled in the touchdown, his first score since Denver traded veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Houston last month. Sutton led the Broncos with four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. It marked noted improvement from a week ago versus Pittsburgh when Sutton had two drops and one catch for 14 yards.

“Courtland’s getting better and better,” coach Vance Joseph said after the win. “We know what he can do. Obviously, he has to prove it each week. … He’s finally showing when he’s one-on-one and the ball’s in the air, he’s going to win most of those. That’s who we thought he was going to be.”

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