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Isaac Yiadom Jersey , Colo. (AP)Rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are the Denver Broncos‘ new safety valves, applying the pressure but also relieving the burden on veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders .”Those two guys, they came in like pros, they’re taking care of their business, they’re on time to everything, they’re making plays,” Thomas said Friday. ”So, they’re pushing us. And that’s good for us. We need it. We want to push each other and make each other better.”While Sutton has made a splash at training camp so far with daily highlight-reel catches and Hamilton has drawn his share of applause, Thomas and Sanders are quietly having very good camps themselves.Thomas’ stats have steadily declined every season since his peak in 2014, and his streak of five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons ended last year when he finished 51 yards shy.Sanders dealt with injuries and his two TD catches were his fewest since 2012.Part of the problem in 2017 was that the Broncos had nobody around them – a third receiver, a tight end, a running back – who could really force teams to quit bracketing Thomas and Sanders.That’s no longer the case .In addition to Sutton and Hamilton, the Broncos added rookie running backs Royce Freeman, David Williams and Philip Lindsay (undrafted) along with another Big Ten tight end in Troy Fumagalli to go with Jake Butt, who missed his rookie season last year while recovering from knee surgery.Sutton, Hamilton and Fumagalli are members of general manager John Elway’s already-celebrated draft class of 2018 that featured experience – all 10 players spent four years in school – and leadership – most were captains in college.Safety Justin Simmons said he’s just like all the fans whooping and hollering at practice – he’s energized by and excited about the Broncos’ rookies.”Oh, for sure. Especially Chubb,” Simmons said of first-round pick Bradley Chubb, whose ability to chase down quarterbacks ”makes my job 50 times easier.”Sutton’s making his job harder.”Oh yeah, Sutton’s been great. He’s been out here making plays Womens Noah Fant Jersey ,” Simmons said. ”He’s just another guy that’s just humble and hungry, coming in here ready to work.”That’s been the theme of this year’s draft class, which also includes cornerback Isaac Yiadom, inside linebackers Keishan Bierria, Josey Jewell (who practiced Friday for the first time after pulling a hamstring in June) and guard Sam Jones.Last season, several veterans took the 2017 draft class, which was filled with raw athleticism and projects, to task for their work ethic, complaining that too many of them came off as entitled.This year’s class drew quick praise from the veterans.”There’s no complaining,” defensive end Derek Wolfe said. ”That’s the one thing that you notice from an immature draft class, is that they complain a lot, whine and cry a lot. There’s none of that coming from this group.”Humble. Hungry.”It’s a mature class,” coach Vance Joseph said. ”It’s been seven or eight guys that have shown they can help us win.”Sutton’s doing it with spectacular plays every day, and Hamilton’s sprinkling in his share, too.”I’ll tell you what, we’ve got some good rookies,” Sanders said. ”I was just over there with my family and Courtland just runs over to say, `Hey, I’m going to take your helmet.’ And that’s what we need.”Players willing to pay their dues but eager to make their mark.Also turning heads is Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the draft who reminds defensive tackle Domata Peko Sr. of superstar Von Miller .”He’s quick, he’s strong and he can get to the passer. He’s disruptive and he’s willing to learn Dalton Risner Jersey ,” Peko said after getting his first glimpse of the 2018 class. ”He’s always talking to Von and asking, `Hey, what can I do?’ That’s good to see out of a rookie.”Peko also singled out Sutton and Jewell as players he’s thrilled to play alongside.”These guys are going to make a difference for us,” Peko said. ”They’re only going to help our team. I love our new guys.”Notes: Simmons said the league’s new helmet rule was going to be the main topic when players meet with NFL officials visiting the Broncos to go over the new rule changes. … On the sixth day of training camp, QB Case Keenum was finally intercepted, by S Will Parks. ”He’s human,” Joseph said. … The Broncos signed WR Bryce Bobo, a rookie from Colorado, and designated WR Kenny Bell as waived/injured.— Next year, the Raiders may be playing a long way from Oakland. A long, long way from Oakland.According to the , the Raiders are in talks with Tottenham regarding the possibility of playing its home games there next year.Tottenham was due to host an NFL game this season, but the refurbished stadium wasn’t ready.It’s hard to imagine this being anything more than leverage for whatever stadium deal the Raiders strike domestically, with AT&T Park in San Francisco being a potential destination. Oakland is due to face the teams of the NFC North and AFC South, along with the last-place teams from the AFC East and the AFC North.Surely, coach Jon Gruden wouldn’t want to spend a season in England. He made it clear this year prior to traveling to London for a regular-season game in 2018.“I hope I can make it, honestly. I鈥檓 not great,” Gruden said. “I get claustrophobic. My son was a weightlifter and he won a powerlifting competition in Belarus. I had to fly 14 hours. I had to fly home 14 hours. I had vertigo for a month. I couldn鈥檛 even lay down, the house was spinning. I am hoping I don鈥檛 get vertigo. I鈥檓 not a great traveler.”He likely won’t have to worry about multiple London trips next year. But until the Raiders know where they will be in 2019, there’s no reason to take any option off the table.
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