Emmanuel Sanders has “something to prove” to Broncos or someone else

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Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is signed through the 2019 season, but he knows he isn’t certain to be in Denver that long.

There’s no more guaranteed money on Sanders’ contract, which led to some discussion early in the offseason about the team possibly moving on without him. They didn’t go that route, but did draft a pair of receivers and Sanders said no one “knows what situation might play out” over the next year.

“I always play like that, like it’s always year-to-year,” Sanders said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “I got something to prove this year and if I don’t prove it to the Broncos, then I’ll be proving it to some other team. But at the end of the day, God willing, I stay healthy, I’ll be in the NFL next year as well. That’s the goal. I don’t worry about what team. I’m working for the Denver Broncos this year and I’m going to do my best to try to bring a Super Bowl to this city.”

Sanders missed four games last year and caught 44 passes, which marked his lowest output since the 2012 season. The hope is that his productivity will rise with Case Keenum now at quarterback and that would certainly help Sanders’ efforts to prove his worth inside and outside of Denver.

13 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders has “something to prove” to Broncos or someone else

  1. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    July 1, 2018 at 11:35 am
    You still need a QB

    Not as badly as your Fins still need one chip. Have you seen their SB odds?

  2. Elway has lost whatever little talent he had in evaluating players.
    He messed up big time moving up to take Lynch. Elway is like a drowning man, he is desperately reaching out to get that “blue chip” draft pick that will bring them some wins.

  3. Elway lucked into a mediocre, nicked up Manning to win a super bowl.
    Outside of that lucky event, not much.
    Twenty some years since last played in a Super Bowl.

  4. I’m amused by the Elway bashers. Last I looked only one team wins the Super Bowl each year and Elway has gotten there twice and won 5 division titles in 7 years. In the meantime, he lost his coach and premier QB’s are hard to come by.

    I’m more concerned about the coach than anything else.

  5. Elway had assembled one of the best offenses ever statistically when the broncos lostto the hawks in the super bowl, then two years later constructed one of the all time best defenses and won the super bowl. Yeah he sounds awful.

  6. Sanders is always going to be QB friendly. His output was low last season, but with the revolving carousel of QBs and the OC being fired, we shouldn’t expect different results. But when he played, he got open more consistently than Demaryius, who also had a down year, and many times he was the only receiver that the QBs felt comfortable throwing to. That’s not a knock on Demaryius-Thomas is the kind of reciever who needs a QB who can throw it deep and give him a chance on fifty-fifty balls, and none of the last QBs are experienced enough yet to do that.

    The Broncos’ best bet is that Courtland Sutton can play on the outside, so they can shift Sanders inside to the slot more often. That’s where Sanders is best, and he runs really smart routes, so it’ll be helpful for whomever is under center.

  7. orangeraider says:
    July 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    Elway lucked into a mediocre, nicked up Manning to win a super bowl.
    Outside of that lucky event, not much.
    Twenty some years since last played in a Super Bowl.


    You’re close, 1998, 1999

    Raiders 1984

  8. tavisteelersfan says:
    July 1, 2018 at 10:20 pm
    Keenan is no Manning. Keenum is no Roethlisberger. Just saying.
    Manning and Roethlisberger are both over-the-hill QB’s so, you’re right, Keenum is not either one of them.

  9. Denver fan here who has loved Sanders every since he got here. A real grinder who reminds me a lot of Welker. I hope he spends more time in the slot & have DT & Sutton on the outside. We have been going with basically 2 WR’s for the last few years. No tight end nor slot since Welker & the other Thomas left. With Case add in 2 big outside threats, tight end & slot and he we go to at least the playoffs.

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