Emmanuel Sanders: Playing with Peyton Manning is “wide receiver heaven”

AP

Emmanuel Sanders is understandably excited to be joining the most potent offensive attack in the league from last season.

Sanders signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Denver Broncos in March after spending his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sanders had his first productive season last year with the Steelers as he recorded 67 catches for 740 yards and six touchdowns.

Sanders now gets a chance to play with Peyton Manning in Denver and is looking forward to the opportunities the Broncos offense will provide. In an interview with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Sanders feels there isn’t a better place to be than working in an offense led by Manning.

“It feels like I just made it into wide receiver heaven,” Sanders said.

“The thing that I like about the Broncos is there is really no number one guy,” he added. “Peyton always goes with the favorable matchup and that’s what I’m really liking about this offense. Any guy could go off for 180 yards or 100 yards with 10 catches any week based off of matchups.”

Sanders said last season was the first time he had been used as an outside receiver after many years playing primarily as a slot receiver. With Wes Welker entrenched in the slot for Denver, Sanders will likely continue to be used on the outside for the Broncos. Denver is looking to replace the production lost from the departure of Eric Decker to the New York Jets this offseason. Sanders and second-round pick Cody Lattimer will be called upon to replace the majority of that production for the Broncos this season.

48 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders: Playing with Peyton Manning is “wide receiver heaven”

  1. I think there will be a drop-off from decker to sanders.

    But when you have the beasts of Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas…. It’s not going to matter. Denver coasts to a division title. And probably the top seed in the AFC.

  2. When evaluating a WR all around, the guy throwing him the ball takes up a considerable percentage of that evaluation for sure. Very rarely do we come upon WRs that are so good(Calvin Johnson) that it almost doesn’t matter whose throwing them the ball. An excellent QB just has a way of turning relative nobodies into stars…and stars into superstars.

  3. Personally, I don’t believe the Broncos are getting much in Sanders. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if Manning can turn him into a quality receiver.

  4. Great Receiver!!! Il never forget the time he burned my boy Cro in cover zero!!! And
    Single-handily beat my Jets last year!!! 😦 good player!!

  5. Steelers will miss Sanders. He should put up big numbers because the Broncos running game is not as potent w/o Moreno.

  6. “Emmanuel Sanders: Playing with Peyton Manning is “regular season heaven””

  7. The implication from Emmanuel’s comment is that Peyton Manning is a lot better QB than Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben has won 2 Super Bowls compared to Peyton’s one and is a very popular Steeler franchise icon.
    It was pretty significant that the Steelers elected not to pay up and resign Sanders. He’d better not make mistakes with his routes or he will see Peyton’s intolerance for mistakes.

  8. Gonna miss sanders in Pitt but he definitely had critical
    Game changing drops that resulted in at least 2 losses for the stillers

  9. His percentage of passes caught to passes thrown to was lower than Jerrico Cotchery, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace, and Heath Miller.

  10. We’ll see if “heaven” is how he describes it after he drops a couple. Peyton does not strike as having infinite patience and grace when the game is on.

  11. 6’3″ Eric Decker CAREER Statistics (4 seasons as a #3 wr):

    3070 yards – 33 td – 6 fumbles

    5’10” emmanuel lewis sanders CAREER stats (4 seasons as a #2 wr):

    2030 yards – 11 td – 6 fumbles

  12. “It feels like I just made it into wide receiver heaven.” – Emmanuel Sanders

    #1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1

    You did…

    Now get the man the ring.

    Sincerely,
    Bronco Nation

  13. Have fun in WR Heaven. You’ll still drop the important catches that win games, just like you did in Pittsburgh.

  14. Yea its heaven Emmanuel. Until you get to the Super Bowl and realize that you are finally playing a quality team with a QB that chokes in big games

  15. Guess I am confused. Dude has a drop percentage less than all top 3 receivers (Welker, Thomas and Decker) on the Donks in 2013. He had a total of 3 drops which equaled to 2.7%. He had a 4.1% in 2012, which again is still lower than all the top 3 Donks in both 2012 and 2013. Sanders also led Pit in catches.

    The Donks receivers were getting balls thrown from a QB with the 3rd highest completion percentage so pretty accurate. Ben was 7th.

    I guess you could argue the timing of those dropped passes and the pain caused but just spouting he drops passes constantly is just being uninformed.

  16. titansbro says:
    Jul 8, 2014 11:43 PM
    I actually think Sanders will be a slight upgrade over Decker. He’s always had the talent, just hasn’t been used the right way.
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    “Used the right way”? Have you watched him play much? Sanders had plenty of chances to make plays, he rarely stepped up in big spots. I kind of had to chuckle at this comment. You’re about to see what uh “talent” this guy has. You may not like it once you do.

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    johnnyb1976 says:
    Jul 8, 2014 11:45 PM
    Here come all the comments from steeler fans talking about how this guy sucks.
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    And here come the Broncos fans trying to head off anything negative with the ol’ “so predictable you’re posting bad stuff about him now that you lost him” ploy.

    OK, don’t take our word for it, allow me to point you to a headline that ran last year on this very
    site: “Emmanuel Sanders drops his chance to be a Steelers hero.” It pretty much summed up his career in Pittsburgh. Sanders will make plays, but don’t expect it to be in the big spots. He’s not a money guy.

    The fact that the Steelers decided not to re-sign him oughta tell you something.

  17. jhaskill says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:52 PM
    Guess I am confused. Dude has a drop percentage less than all top 3 receivers (Welker, Thomas and Decker) on the Donks in 2013. He had a total of 3 drops which equaled to 2.7%. He had a 4.1% in 2012, which again is still lower than all the top 3 Donks in both 2012 and 2013. Sanders also led Pit in catches.

    I guess you could argue the timing of those dropped passes and the pain caused but just spouting he drops passes constantly is just being uninformed.
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    Maybe I can clear up some of the confusion. You hit on it with the last part. Sanders did have a low percentage of drops, but those drops came in big spots, so it kind of magnifies things.

    The prime case was Baltimore, Thanksgiving night, must-win national TV rivalry game. Sanders drops a perfect deep out early which would’ve set up the Steelers nicely. He then drops the one in the end zone at the end of the game — no easy catch, but one a supposed #1 WR is paid to make. Ward would’ve made that catch, Brown probably does too.

    This was a close game, those two drops were crucial. Ben is clutch, not sure I can say the same for Sanders.

    So it’s not how many he drops, but when. Always in the big spots. You sure you’re so happy to get a guy like this?

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