Broncos’ Courtland Sutton and Joe Flacco grow bond on golf course

Courtland Sutton and Joe Flacco are Broncos teammates, but at least on paper, they have little in common. Sutton calls it “two different perspectives on everything.” Now the gap is closing.

Flacco, 34, enters his first season as the quarterback of the Broncos with Sutton, 23, vying to cement his role as Denver’s top receiving threat. Flacco has appeared in 163 regular season NFL games. Sutton checks in at 16. So the pair recently joined backup quarterback Kevin Hogan and kicker Brandon McManus to play golf and get to know each other better.

“I got to sit in the cart with (Flacco), talk to him and pick his brain,” Sutton said. “Not only about ball, but how he is as a person and where his head is coming from.”

There’s only so much you can learn about a person between 18 holes of golf and a couple of months in an offseason program, but the Flacco-Sutton chemistry is building, and the wide receiver’s opinion of Denver’s new leader echoes that of many teammates.

“He definitely doesn’t carry himself like he’s 34,” Sutton said. “He carries himself as if he’s just one of the guys. He sits in the locker room, jokes with us and joins in our conversations. It’s awesome. A guy who just got here, it’s cool to see him open up and be willing to talk to us. Not look at it like, ‘Oh, you guys are young and you’re all new? I’m going to isolate myself.’”

Sutton awaits the start of training camp on July 18 with what he calls a “really good grasp” of the new offense. He lauded Flacco for “getting the ball to the right spots and not forcing anything” during the recent OTAs.

And he found out there are few better at throwing the ball deep.

“Y’all (reporters) been at practice and y’all see it,” Sutton said. “It’s pure.”

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