Denver Broncos players elected six team captains last week and coach Vic Fangio revealed the voting results after Monday’s practice.
On offense, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver Corutland Sutton were voted captains. On defense, outside linebacker Von Miller and safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson were voted captains. Kicker Brandon McManus was voted the special teams captain.
Bridgewater being elected a captain just a few months after joining the team is a testament of quickly he became a leader in the locker room.
“He has good leadership qualities, he’s got good people skills,” Fangio said. “I think guys kind of gravitate toward him, and I think that’s reflective in him getting elected.”
Sutton, one of the other offensive captains, spoke about the quarterback earning the respect of his teammates this offseason.
“He’s a vetted individual who, through a lot of interviews that I’ve talked with you guys about, he’s always trying to coach up everybody,” Sutton said Monday. “Whether it’s the offensive line, tight ends, running backs, receivers — whoever it may be. He’s always trying to pass the knowledge down and that’s always appreciated and just the way he carries himself.
“A lot of people think that you gain the confidence all straight from on the field stuff, but it’s a lot off the field stuff that goes into it as well. Teddy is just that guy that he carries himself as a leader, as somebody who guys want to look up and guys want to imitate and that’s what you look for in good leaders.”
Bridgewater will lead Denver on the road against the New York Giants in the team’s season opener on Sunday.