Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders flashed a commercial-worthy smile as he delighted the 400 kids running through drills Monday morning at Englewood High School.
In two short years Sanders has gone from a relative unknown with Pittsburgh to a fan favorite with Denver.
He remains hopeful of staying long term with the Broncos as he enters the final season of his three-year contract. Negotiations for a new contract are on hold, which Sanders understands given the enormity of the team dealing with Von Miller’s contract deadline.
We had a story recently where a Broncos beat writer said if Sanders is looking for big money, he may have to go somewhere else as he's unlikely to get it from the Broncos. The story went on to say recent deals for Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns (four years, $40 million) and Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (four years, $46 million) created potential parameters for Sanders, who has more catches and yards than those wide receivers over the past two seasons, but at 29 is several years older.
Meaning no disrespect to Demaryius Thomas, but Sanders is not only the best pass-catcher on the team, he is also the team’s top offensive player. But, the Broncos’ way of doing business doesn’t seem to be quite as generous now that Pat Bowlen is no longer in charge of day-to-day operations of the franchise.
Sanders is clutch. Sanders is fearless. Sanders deserves top dollar. But if he wants top dollar, I’m afraid Sanders will have to leave Denver as a free agent after the 2016 season to find it in another NFL city.
Sanders is ranked 27th on our WR list with an ADP of the sixth round. He and Thomas obviously come with some question marks because of the QB situation, but we still project him for over 1,000 yards and almost 7 TDs this year. He's part of a large group of WRs around that spot who are projected with similar numbers but may have a better QB situation.
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Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (finger, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Aside from a 6-113 outing in Week 12, Sanders has not cracked the 20-yard mark in three of his last four games. The matchup this week (against the Steelers) is good, and Sanders should be motivated to play well against his old team, but can his quarterback deliver the ball?
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (finger) took full practice reps again Thursday. Aside from a 6-113 outing in Week 12, Sanders has not cracked the 20-yard mark in three of his last four games. The matchup this week (against the Steelers) is good, and Sanders should be motivated to play well against his old team, but can his quarterback deliver the ball?
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (finger) practiced fully Wednesday. Aside from a 6-113 outing in Week 12, Sanders has not cracked the 20-yard mark in three of his last four games. The matchup this week (against the Steelers) is good, and Sanders should be motivated to play well against his old team, but can his quarterback deliver the ball?
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:56pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:12pm
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Sanders will make his return this week against the Patriots. Don't expect his usual production since his rapport with QB Brock Osweiler is unknown.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Sanders has a high-ankle sprain so his outlook for Week 12 is unknown. We have him penciled into our rankings since it’s a big game against the Patriots.
Broncos' star receiver Emmanuel Sanders revealed Monday that his left ankle injury is a high ankle sprain.
Sanders sat out Sunday's 17-15 win over the Bears in an effort to get 100 percent healthy. He said he could have played, but people around him convinced him he would be a detriment to himself and the team if he went out there in his current state.
"It's kind of like when you have a flat tire," Sanders said. "I'm a speed guy, right? So it's ideal for me to have all of my speed."
Sanders originally suffered the injury on the first play of the Broncos' 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He got his ankle taped and re-taped to help him finish the game and even scored a 64-yard touchdown.
Once his ankle begun to swell, Sanders missed the entire week of practice before convincing coaches and trainers to allow him to play against Kansas City.
Sanders said he is hopeful he will play Sunday against New England, but how he practices during practice will have a big impact on how he moves forward. Sanders said today was the first day he didn't get out of bed with a limp.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 11. Sanders sat out much of the second half against the Chiefs after a hard hit. He was cleared of a concussion, but we’d like to see him participate in a practice or two before starting him on Sunday. He doesn’t have a built-in rapport with new QB Brock Osweiler. HC Gary Kubiak says that he expects Sanders will be a “full go” for Sunday.
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