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Broncos safety Su’a Cravens found a mentor in Steve Atwater through difficult Denver debut

Su’a Cravens walks off the Broncos’ practice field these days like a man with a winning lottery ticket.

“I’m learning to be grateful for whatever moment I have,” he said. “The fact that we’re out here practicing in the sun is good enough for me.”

But it’s difficult to imagine Cravens’ sunny disposition in the waning months of 2018. Cravens, a second-round safety acquired from Washington, endured three straight games as a healthy Broncos scratch to finish his first year in Denver. He tallied just 117 defensive snaps and 18 tackles over five games after rehabbing a preseason knee injury that he said lingered the entire year.