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

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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.

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48 Responses to “Emmanuel Sanders: Playing with Peyton Manning is “wide receiver heaven””
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 8, 2014 11:28 PM

    Demaryius Thomas?

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 8, 2014 11:34 PM

    Manny is good to go. As long as his glasses don’t fog up during the game.

  3. 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.

  4. johnnyb1976 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:45 PM

    Here come all the comments from steeler fans talking about how this guy sucks.

  5. acanniv says: Jul 8, 2014 11:52 PM

    Haters gonna hate but the Denver Broncos are terrifying this season.

  6. freddiec8 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM

    Until you get to the playoffs or super bowl then its like playing anywere else.

  7. watermelon1 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:02 AM

    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.

  8. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jul 9, 2014 12:04 AM

    Umm. Yeah, there is definitely a #1 wr. He wears number 88 and it says Thomas on his jersey

  9. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jul 9, 2014 12:05 AM

    But sanders is good. He’ll do well. Best of luck

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:08 AM

    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.

  11. footballguy5 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:11 AM

    Fins up

  12. jrebar88 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:39 AM

    Chiefs fans…you still mad or nah?

  13. davikes says: Jul 9, 2014 1:28 AM

    Yes there is a #1 guy, and you’re not it. But I hope you can do as well as Decker did.

  14. salutethis says: Jul 9, 2014 1:44 AM

    This offense is gonna rock… And with the better D and a healthy team this year, we are going to WIN the Super Bowl this year!!!

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:49 AM

    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.

  16. agc99 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:55 AM

    Bronco fans see how you like Manny when he starts dropping balls.

  17. 34defense2014 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:57 AM

    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!!

  18. bux1022 says: Jul 9, 2014 2:21 AM

    Decker is and always has been overrated…no problem replacing him. System WR. Let’s see how he does with Geno!

  19. csbanter says: Jul 9, 2014 2:31 AM

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

  20. sasattack says: Jul 9, 2014 2:50 AM

    Good riddance.

  21. joetoronto says: Jul 9, 2014 4:57 AM

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

  22. uglydingo says: Jul 9, 2014 6:11 AM

    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.

  23. daburgher says: Jul 9, 2014 6:13 AM

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

  24. Stiller43 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:20 AM

    Sanders is AVERAGE and cant make the big play you need.

  25. harveyclayton says: Jul 9, 2014 6:31 AM

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

  26. tavisteelersfan says: Jul 9, 2014 6:31 AM

    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.

  27. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 9, 2014 6:34 AM

    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

  28. denverdude7 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:48 AM

    “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

  29. ravenswhat says: Jul 9, 2014 7:27 AM

    But Ben doesn’t crumble when the stakes get higher. So, there is that Emmanuel.

  30. laxer37 says: Jul 9, 2014 7:34 AM

    Like Terry Bradshaw said, “if you like losing Super Bowls, Peyton’s you’re guy”

  31. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jul 9, 2014 7:49 AM

    “Whaaaaaaaat?!? He really didn’t say that.”
    – Demaryius Thomas

  32. bengalguy says: Jul 9, 2014 7:50 AM

    Code for : GOD BEN SUCKS!

  33. keiselsbeard says: Jul 9, 2014 8:09 AM

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

  34. gorilla2nine says: Jul 9, 2014 8:13 AM

    We’ll all see how “WR Heaven” feels for him after he starts dropping big plays for Peyton.

  35. brianc34 says: Jul 9, 2014 8:23 AM

    Fantasy football alert!

  36. Smarterthanyou says: Jul 9, 2014 8:33 AM

    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

  37. artofscore says: Jul 9, 2014 8:38 AM

    I loved this guy in Webster with Alex Karras.

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 9, 2014 9:19 AM

    Sanders may be a little off but at least he is not here in receiver hell….A.J. Green.

  39. listenup823 says: Jul 9, 2014 9:39 AM

    Joetoronto needs to start posting about all the winning seasons the raiders have enjoyed the last 12 years… Wait… Nevermind…

  40. packergator says: Jul 9, 2014 9:43 AM

    For contract numbers maybe, but not if you’re playing in the Super Bowl.

  41. khar9 says: Jul 9, 2014 10:01 AM

    Hope he likes wr heaven because he just left Super Bowl heaven

  42. scw1993 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:16 PM

    Did the donkeys buy a new qb yet? 43 -8 that’s his legacy

  43. 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.

    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.

  44. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jul 10, 2014 11:54 PM

    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.
    —————————————————-

    “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.

    ———-

    johnnyb1976 says:
    Jul 8, 2014 11:45 PM
    Here come all the comments from steeler fans talking about how this guy sucks.
    ——————————————

    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.

  45. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jul 11, 2014 11:32 AM

    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.
    ————————————————-

    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?

  46. txraiderfan says: Jul 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    Make Greg Knapp the OC and see what happens, baby! Yeah!

  47. txraiderfan says: Jul 11, 2014 4:11 PM

    They should trade a 1st round pick for Darius Heyward-Bey

  48. arrowhead5890 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:21 PM

    Sanders will be the last read in Peyton’s progression and complaining at the end of the year.

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