Sean Payton is introduced as Denver Broncos head coach. Feb 6, 2023; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton speaks at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos suffered a disastrous 2022 campaign last season after making a splash trade for new franchise quarterback Russell Wilson.

The last-place finish in the AFC West led the Broncos to fire coach Nathaniel Hackett and replace him with former Super Bowl champion coach Sean Payton.

One of Payton’s first orders of business will be righting the play of Wilson.

Payton got his first look at Wilson in action this week during the Broncos’ Organized Team Activities. Payton said Wilson is “picking it up good” and “looks sharp” in training.

“These guys are doing well, and he’s picking it up—the timing and all of those things that are required,” Payton said Thursday, according to Sports Illustrated. “For the first five weeks, we were just lifting and running. Now we’re getting into some football activity. We are ahead of schedule on the practice. He’s picking it up good—he looks good and looks sharp.”

Wilson also spoke to reporters on Thursday.

“I think, first of all, you always reflect on every year, ever since you’ve come into the National Football League, the things that you can always do better, the things that you can always work on,” Wilson said. “I think also, mentally, there’s always the journey. There’s always the journey of the highs and lows. There’s been a lot of highs. There’s been some tough lows, but adversity—you have to be ready to handle it all. And I’ll be ready to handle it.”

Only time will tell how the new partnership works for the Broncos.

[Sports Illustrated]