Settled in off coverage for the New York Jets’ first play in September, Broncos rookie cornerback Pat Surtain II recognized the formation and diagnosed a curl route by receiver Corey Davis.
Davis ran right at Surtain before doing exactly that, quickly hooking inside to make the 11-yard catch. It was another early-season learning lesson for Surtain, the Broncos’ first-round pick and the capstone of general manager George Paton’s defensive makeover.
“Sometimes, I read plays and I would second-guess myself,” Surtain said in an interview with The Denver Post. “On those plays, I just have to trust what I see and trust my instincts.