Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders on his role:
"There's some frustration, but it's hard to be frustrated when you’re sitting here 2-0," Sanders said. "I can sit up here and make it all about me and Demaryius, how we're used to having 100-yard games, we're used to scoring touchdowns and we're used to doing this. But we're sitting here 2-0 ... Individually, I would like to have my highlights on ESPN, yeah, I would like to have 100-yard games, be ranked top five, but we're sitting here 2-0 ... I'm waiting for that big game, Demaryius is waiting for that big game -- we know it’s going to come."
Neither Sanders nor Thomas has a touchdown reception in the Broncos' first two games and Sanders hasn't topped 50 yards receiving in a game. In the Broncos' win over the Colts this past Sunday, Sanders had three receptions in the Broncos' first seven plays from scrimmage, then didn't have another catch in the game.
Sanders went as far as to say Wednesday "that at some point if what we're doing isn't working" the Broncos might have to "change" some of their play-calls.
As Sanders said, it's hard to be too worried about personal statistics when the team is 2-0. Quarterback has and will be an issue for the Broncos all season, but there should be enough volume to support two fantasy receivers.
Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Sanders' contract is worth $33 million, with $27 million fully guaranteed.
Sanders is one of the best WR2s in the league, though his fantasy stock is down a bit this year thanks to the team's quarterback issues.
The Broncos will enter the regular season Thursday with their highest-price contract question still looming. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, whose three-year, $15 million deal ends this season, will start his contract year with his future on the line.
“We wanted to hear something back last Sunday and haven’t heard anything from them,” Broncos general manager John Elway said of Sanders and his agent. “That’s kind of where it is.”
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Rams signed receiver Tavon Austin to a four-year contract with $30 million guaranteed. It suddenly changed the terms on Sanders’ negotiations, raising his market value. In the past two years, Sanders has 177 receptions for 2,539 yards. Austin has 77 catches for 715 yards over the same span. Indirectly, the story said, Austin’s deal with the Rams eventually may price Sanders out of Denver.
Trevor Siemian looked confident and comfortable running the offense. And the Broncos will like the touchdown drive Siemian led, as well as the drive for a field goal just before halftime that featured a 43-yard completion to Demaryius Thomas. They won't be as thrilled with his near interception -- it was dropped by Rams’ safety Christian Bryant and was a far worse decision than his actual interception -- when Siemian tried to jam a pass into tight quarters to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Overall, Siemian looked like the guy who believes he can -- and will -- be the team's starter.
Paxton Lynch's entry into the game came at halftime.
All this means Mark Sanchez's roster spot could be tenuous. Sanchez did not play on Saturday. On the business side, he would count $4.5 million against the salary cap and the Broncos don't have to surrender a conditional draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles if Sanchez is not on the roster to open the season. The story added the team wants to name a starting QB this week.
Bennie Fowler has gone from the Broncos’ practice squad in 2014 to the guy who looks like the solid No. 3 receiver on the defending Super Bowl champions.
And Cody Latimer, the Broncos’ second-round pick in the 2014 draft, has crossed some football valleys and has slowly started to show the potential the Broncos believe he has always had. He has battled confidence issues at times, struggled with some assignments and arrived to his third season with eight career catches.
Add it up and the remainder of the wide receiver group could be scrapping for one spot. Jordan Norwood, Jordan Taylor, Kalif Raymond, DeVier Posey, Bralon Addison and Mose Frazier all have had their practice moments.
Latimer has made himself into one of the best special teams players on the roster, the story said. That seems to indicate he'll have a roster spot. Of course, the QB situation is still up in the which hurts the value of all the Bronco WRs right now. But whomever wins the WR3 job will at least be worth noting.
Emmanuel Sanders wants a new contract, that’s no secret. But the Broncos’ explosive receiver is performing at top-level and not holding anything back so far in training camp. Monday was his best day yet, he seemed to be on the back-end of nearly every touchdown pass.
Sanders beat cornerback Bradley Roby during seven-on-seven drills on a fade route for six on a perfectly placed pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez. The next session he caught Trevor Siemian’s best ball of the day in the back of the end zone. He immediately got up and high-fived the crowd pumping them up.
The story said he's making a case for a big contract extension, but we did report a few weeks ago it may not come with the Broncos, according to a writer who follows the team. Sanders finished the season as the #19 receiver in PPR (#18 in standard), and enjoyed the 14th-most targets at his position. He didn’t have good quarterback play last year, but this season could be worse given the Broncos’ situation at the position.
This year, coaches are excited about the leaps being made by holdovers Bennie Fowler, Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer, all of whom stepped it up in the playoffs and are now vying for the No. 3 receiver job this summer.
''I've said from day one: that really has the chance to be the strength of our team,'' HC Gary Kubiak said Sunday. ''It's going to be really hard to make our team at that position.''
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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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?
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