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Steady improvement, veteran-like preparation has Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II ready for first game against Chiefs

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.