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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

5-11, 180Born: 3-16-1987College: Southern MethodistDrafted: Round 3

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2016 Week 17 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sanders exited the game in the 1st quarter before drawing any targets, and was ruled out by the start of the 2nd quarter.

2016 Week 16 vs KC (3 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)

Sanders struggled to get open downfield, and QB Siemian couldn't push the ball deep in the rainy conditions. Sanders gathered a couple of deep targets that didn't even come close. He had a 15 yard gain negated by a holding penalty in the 2nd quarter. Sanders' only reception was an impressive back-shoulder catch down the left sideline in the 3rd quarter, good for a 26 yard gain. He finished with just 3 official targets.

2016 Week 15 vs NE (6 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Though he has taken to Twitter to deny being "shut down" by Malcolm Butler, who drew Sanders a lot in coverage week 14, Sanders only posted a season low 3 catches, and was the target on an out route when Siemian was intercepted in the 2nd quarter. Logan Ryan saw the pass coming and jumped in front of Sanders for the pick. Sanders was targeted on a deep ball down the right sideline in the 3rd quarter, but he was well out of bounds when he hit the ground. Sanders hauled in a crossing route for a gain of 7 later in the 3rd. Sanders was quiet the whole game until he finally got open late in the 4th quarter on a post route for a gain of 21 yards, then again on the following drive for a gain of 20 down the numbers on the right side of the field. Sanders(6) finished well behind Thomas(11) for targets.

2016 Week 14 vs TEN (14 / 11 / 100 / 1 rec)

Sanders was a couple shy of Demaryius Thomas' 16 targets, but he caught the Broncos' only touchdown pass of the day. Sanders caught a low-thrown slant pass from Siemian on his first target of the day. His next reception was a WR quick screen that Sanders turned up the sideline for a gain of 10. During an early 2nd quarter drive Sanders hauled in a curl route for 8 and a slant for 15 on consecutive plays. Two plays later, Sanders committed an ugly drop while streaking down the left sideline. Siemian dropped a dime pass in between two defenders, but Sanders let the ball clang off his hands. Sanders opened up the 2nd half with more action in the short passing game, hauling in a short out route on the first play of the 3rd quarter. He caught the ball on a nearly identical route the very next play and turned the ball up the sideline for a gain of 15. Sanders got drilled on a quick pass at the line of scrimmage later in the drive, and couldn't secure a deep post route as he hit the turf on the next play. Sanders drifted across the end zone and caught the Broncos' only touchdown of the day as Trevor Siemian fell away from pressure in the 4th quarter. Sanders kept the momentum rolling on the next offensive drive as he started things out with a big gain down the left seam. Sanders' final reception was a toe-tapping out route later in the same drive.

2016 Week 13 vs JAX (9 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Sanders caught a quick out route for a gain of 8 late in the 2nd quarter. He was targeted by Lynch on a huge downfield throw to open up hte 3rd quarter, but his defender knocked the pass away. Sanders caught another quick out route on the next play, gaining 6 and failing to convert on 3rd and 11. Sanders gathered nearly as many targets(9) as Demaryius Thomas(10), but he and Lynch couldn't get on the same page in the short passing game or deep down the field. Sanders finished the day with 3 receptions for 28 yards.

2016 Week 12 vs KC (10 / 7 / 162 / 1 rec)

Sanders had a monster day, securing 7 of 10 targets for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Marcus Peters shadowing Demaryius Thomas a lot, the Broncos moved Sanders around the formation and the field with much success. He drew a defensive holding flag in the 1st quarter on a deep corner route. His first reception was a deep post route 2 plays later for a big gain. He caught a quick out route on the next play for a short gain, and then a deep curl route for a big gain on the Broncos next drive. Sanders took a huge hit after catching a crossing route late in the 2nd quarter, but thankfully he jumped right up and into an "air guitar" solo to show he was allright. The play drew an unnecessary roughness penalty to move the Broncos into the red zone. Siemian targeted Sanders in the end zone on 2 consecutive plays to finish the drive, but the first was knocked away by a defender and the second was batted at the line of scrimmage. Sanders was quiet in the 2nd half until a huge 4th quarter drive in which he accounted for 99 yards on 2 plays.He and Siemian connected on a deep ball down the left sideline halfway through the 4th. Sanders gave a sharp inside move before tearing off down the sideline and catching a beautifully thrown by ball Siemian. The next play, Siemian found Sanders on a deep corner route for a 35 yard touchdown to finish the drive.

2016 Week 10 vs NO (9 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Sanders caught his first target of the day early in the 2nd quarter, and got blasted by a tackler after tapping both feet on the sideline. Later in the same drive, he secured a short curl route and picked up good yardage after the catch for a 1st down. Sanders was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone in the waning minutes of the 1st half, but Siemian overthrew him. Siemian found Sanders across the middle on 3rd and 10 in the 3rd quarter for another 1st down. Sanders secured another curl route and took the ball down to the New Orleans 10 yard line in the 4th quarter. He finished the day with 5 of 9 targets caught for 54 yards.

2016 Week 9 vs OAK (11 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Sanders had a slow start, gathering the majority of his 11 targets in the 2nd half. He didn't record his first catch until late in the 2nd quarter, when Siemian found him for a short gain on an out route. Sanders nearly completed a diving catch for 46 yards and a touchdown at the end of the 1st half, but the ground jarred the ball loose as he fell to the turf. Siemian loaded up another deep ball for Sanders at the start of the 2nd half, but Oakland had 2 defenders in tight coverage. Sanders collected a few short receptions in the 2nd half but never could get anything going downfield with Siemian as he finished his day with 5 catches for 47 yards.

2016 Week 8 vs SD (10 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)

Sanders drew 10 looks and managed 4 catches on a slow day for the Broncos offense. He got his first look downfield in the 1st quarter as Siemian targeted and overthrew him on a streak route down the right sideline. Sanders fully extended his body for a beautiful diving catch and a 37 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Siemian faked a handoff to Booker while Sanders got deep down the right numbers and beat his double coverage for the catch. Sanders hauled in a curl route for an 11 yard gain late in the 2nd quarter and another diving reception for 1st down yardage in the 3rd. Sanders nearly scored on a quick slant inside the San Diego red zone in the 4th quarter, but he was tackled on the 1 yard line.

2016 Week 7 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)

Sanders(8) was slightly outpaced by Demaryius Thomas(10) for targets, but he got more deep-ball looks than Thomas and more than doubled his yardage. It was Thomas who found the end zone, however. Siemian looked deep down the right sideline for Sanders during the Broncos' 2nd offensive drive of the game, but he narrowly missed his connection with the well-covered receiver. Sanders finally got rolling in the 2nd quarter with a big gain on a slant route. Siemian looked deep for Sanders again in the 2nd quarter on a free play where the defense had jumped offsides, but Sanders was blanketed by coverage downfield. Sanders caught a short out route and turned it up the sideline for a big gain on a late 2nd quarter drive. He was targeted in the end zone on the next play, but couldn't haul in the pass against tough coverage from Kareem Jackson. Sanders and Siemian finally got on the same page in the deep passing game late in the 3rd quarter. Sanders split out wide left and ran a streak route down the sideline, where Siemian found him just with a back shoulder throw just short of the end zone for a gain of 31. Sanders finished with just 4 catches for a significantly higher per-carry average than Thomas.

2016 Week 6 vs SD (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Sanders caught an out route for a short gain to start the offense's day off. Sanders got open deep down the left sideline later in that first drive, but Siemian overthrew him badly. Sanders narrowly missed another big gain in the 2nd quarter on a deep post route, but Siemian's pass was again off target and Sanders could not secure the diving catch. Sanders was quiet in the middle of the game but showed back up on the 4th quarter with a nice catch on a slant to pick up 6 yards and a 1st down, and a gain of 20 yards down the numbers later in the same drive. The 20 passing yards were the longest offensive play of the day for the Broncos and the only pass completion that Siemian threw more than 10 yards downfield. Sanders took a big hit at the end of the long reception and had to leave for the remainder of the game with a hip injury that is not thought to be serious.

2016 Week 5 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)

Sanders continued his trend of leading the team in targets with 9, but the totals for him and Demaryius Thomas(7 targets) were much closer than they had been in past weeks. Sanders made beautiful leaping grab on a deep out route to secure Lynch's first pass attempt of the day. Sanders had another highlight reel-worthy catch at the end of the 1st, tapping his toes while securing a pass and falling out of bounds. Sanders was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but Lynch overthrew him, ending the drive in a field goal. Sanders opened up the 2nd half with the Broncos biggest offensive play of the day, a nice reception on a deep crossing route for a gain of 26. Sanders had another beautiful toe-tapping catch on the sideline late in the 4th, helping to extend Denver's only touchdown drive of the day.

2016 Week 4 vs TB (13 / 8 / 88 / 1 rec)

Sanders led the team in targets for the 4th week in a row, drawing 13 looks from Siemian/Lynch and nearly doubling Demaryius Thomas's target total of 7. Rookie QB Lynch especially seemed to lean on Sanders. Sanders was targeted 4 times during Lynch's first drive. He hauled in a big reception at the end of the 2nd quarter to put the Broncos in field goal range before halftime, then another quick 10 yard gain to shorten the distance even more. Lynch looked for him in heavy coverage in the red zone, but Sanders was unable to secure the catch with 2 defenders draped over him. Sanders reeled in 3 receptions on the next drive. Lynch looked Sanders' way on a big shot down the right sideline later in the 3rd, but failed to connect on what could have been a home run ball. Sanders was wide open on his touchdown reception in the 4th quarter, lining up tight in a goal line formation and running an out route to the right while QB Lynch faked a handoff and rolled out right, hitting the receiver for the easy score.

2016 Week 3 vs CIN (13 / 9 / 117 / 2 rec)

Sanders was targeted early and often, and drew the most targets on the day- nearly doubling the next closest receiver (Thomas-7) with 13 looks in the passing game. He was targeted multiple times on the Broncos' opening drive, hauling in his first catch for a short gain on a quick slant. Sanders drew a defensive holding flag later in the 1st quarter. Sanders caught his first deep ball late in the 1st quarter for a gain of 20 down the seam, and took a big shot on the following play while trying to reel in a short curl route. Later in the same drive, Sanders was targeted on one of the WR quick screens that Thomas often runs. Sanders made the catch and had a nice run afterwards to pick up 10 yards and the 1st down. Sanders was targeted on an out route in the end zone on Denver's first scoring drive, but he could not secure the catch on a badly thrown out route. Sanders burned Adam Jones down the left sideline for his first touchdown of the day, hauling in a beautiful pass from Siemian. It was Sanders' first deep route of the day. Sanders mixed it up for his 2nd touchdown of the day, plucking a sharply thrown out route from Siemian for the score, one play after extending the drive with a big 3rd down conversion on a similar route. Sanders sniffed the end zone again late in the 4th, catching a quick pass from Siemian and racing down the right sideline to the 3 yard line. The big gain set up the eventual touchdown pass to John Phillips for Denver's third TD of the day.

2016 Week 2 vs IND (8 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Sanders hauled in consecutive passes on Denver's first offensive drive of the game, the first on an out route to the right sideline, and the second a crossing route on the left side of the field. Sanders started the next drive out with a nice reception down the left hash on a play action pass. He was targeted in the back corner of the end zone at the end of the same drive, but Siemian overthrew him. Sanders had a step on his defender on a deep post route late in the 2nd quarter, but Siemian overthrew him again. Sanders was targeted on a play-action wheel route when Trevor Siemian threw his only interception of the day. With Sanders swinging out to the left behind the line of scrimmage, cornerback Darius Butler sniffed the play out and ran in to cut the pass off. Sanders drew a pass interference call in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd down target, extending the drive. Sanders led the team in targets(8) for the second week in a row, but finished well behind Demaryius Thomas in receiving yardage.

2016 Week 1 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Sanders and Thomas were constants in all of Denver's offensive formations, along with tight end Virgil Green. Denver alternated between Norwood and Latimer as a third receiver and Janovich in the backfield as a lead blocker for Anderson. Sanders lined up outside in the two-receiver sets and saw some work from the slot when more wide receivers were brought in. Siemian looked Sanders' way early and often, overthrowing him on an out route during the first drive, then completing a similar pass to Sanders later in the same drive for a short gain. Sanders made a beautiful toe-tapping grab on the sideline during Denver's second offensive drive for a gain of 15, his longest of the night. He had another fantastic catch on a slant route in the third quarter where the defender held him badly enough to draw a flag. Sanders had a critical catch on the Broncos final scoring drive in the 4th quarter that put them within 2 yards of the end zone. Sanders led the team with 8 targets, and could see an increase if Demaryius Thomas misses any time with a reported hip injury.


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