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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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2017 Week 15 vs IND (9 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)

Sanders missed an out route that Siemian threw out of bounds on the opening drive, but converted 3rd down later in the drive with a short curl route from a bunch formation. Sanders motioned across the formation from left to right, catching a short out route on the next drive. Sanders jumped offsides on the next play, then redeemed himself with his longest reception of the contest, a back shoulder catch down the left sideline for 26 yards. Sanders secured a tough catch on an Osweiler pass that was thrown behind him to convert 4th and 2 near the end of the first half. He was clobbered after catching a short out route later that drive, but popped right back up to catch a crossing route on the next play. Sanders tapped his toes on the sidelines to secure one final out route in the 3rd quarter. Sanders left the game late with a bone bruise on his ankle, and is listed as day-to-day. He finished with a team-high 9 targets and 7 receptions.

2017 Week 14 vs NYJ (4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Sanders' slump continues as he only recorded one catch on 4 targets, a distant second to Demaryius Thomas(12 targets). Siemian targeted Sanders with his first attempt of the game, a deep ball down the right sideline that failed to connect. Sanders was targeted deep again later in the 1st, this time on a post route in the end zone that was also overthrown. Siemian finally found Sanders in the 3rd quarter, rolling out left and hitting him on a deep crossing route just before Sanders reached the sideline. Sanders motioned left later in the 3rd and was briefly uncovered before the snap. He waved his hand to try to get Siemian's attention, but the QB took no notice and missed the opportunity.

2017 Week 13 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Sanders continues to slump, notching only 2 receptions on 7 targets. He caused Siemian's first interception when he let a quick slant careen off his hands into the air, floating there for the deep safety. Sanders did nothing until finally corralling a short curl route and a shallow crossing route for 6 and 5 yards on the Broncos' last garbage time drive of the game.

2017 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Sanders started opposite Demaryius Thomas but didn't draw a target until the 3rd quarter when backup QB Siemian entered the game. Sanders hauled in a curl route from the right side of the formation for a 12 yard gain. Sanders caught a tightly covered pass on an out route in the 3rd quarter, missing a 3rd down conversion by inches. QB Siemian hit Sanders on a bubble screen for no gain later in the 3rd, his final reception.

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (8 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Hauled in a short slant route on Denver's first offensive drive of the day. Osweiler found Sanders on an out route early in the 2nd for an 8 yard gain, then Sanders disappeared for the rest of the contest. Sanders had a step on his defender on a deep corner route late in the 4th, but Osweiler overthrew him badly. Sanders was targeted on the Broncos last offensive play of the game, a desperate 4th and short with less than a minute left in the game and a 3 point deficit. Osweiler threw the slant route low and a diving Sanders could not come up with it.

2017 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 6 / 137 / 0 rec)

Sanders appears to have returned to form after an ankle injury caused him to miss a few starts this season. In addition to creating space and getting open downfield, he did a fantastic job running the ball after the catch. Sanders broke quite a few tackles on his shorter receptions, racking up yards after the catch. He came out hot, amassing nearly 100 yards before the 1st quarter ended. He got open for a gain of 31 down the left sideline on Osweiler's first pass attempt of the day. He caught another deep curl down the right sideline and broke a tackle for a nice run after the catch later in the drive. Sanders converted 3rd and long later in the 1st with a 38 yard catch and run on a slant from the right slot. Sanders made a beautiful leaping catch over a defender midway through the 2nd quarter, and another toe-tapper on the sideline that same drive, putting him over the 100 yard mark before halftime. Sanders had a step on his defender in the end zone just before the half, but Osweiler put too much air under the ball, sailing it out the back of the end zone. Sanders converted another 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter by getting wide open on an out route, but cooled considerably in the 2nd half.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (5 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Sanders returned to the offense opposite Thomas, drawing a distant second in target totals(5) to Thomas(12). Sanders' defender drew a holding penalty on his first target of the day, an out route in the 1st quarter. Sanders' only catch of the day was a deep corner route in the 2nd quarter on a well-executed play action pass that picked up 30 yards.

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

Sanders was invisible the 1st half as Siemian showered Demaryius Thomas with passes. Sanders finally secured a target on Denver's opening drive of the 3rd quarter, a slant route for 11 yards. He pulled in two consecutive skinny posts later in the 3rd quarter, picking up 1st down yardage with both. Sanders picked up a 1st down with a diving sideline catch on an out route, and was targeted again by Siemian on a badly thrown crossing route. Landon Collins, diving for the errant pass from another direction, cut Sanders legs out from under him. Sanders left the game with a bad ankle sprain.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Sanders hauled in a short out route late in the 1st quarter, then had a beautiful toe-tapping catch on the left sideline the next play. Siemian hit Sanders on a slant inside the 5 yard line late in the 3rd quarter, and Sanders somehow recovered the ball on the next play when it was batted straight into the air at the LOS and covered by a pile of bodies. It was a slow day in the passing game as the Raiders pass rush left Siemian no time in the pocket, and Sanders finished with 4 catches for 27 yards on 5 targets.

2017 Week 3 vs BUF (15 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)

Sanders drew 15 targets in the losing effort, outpacing Demaryius Thomas(9 targets). It just seemed like he was wide open almost every play, and Siemian/Sanders narrowly missed out on several more connections for big yardage. Sanders got wide open down the right sideline for a gain of 29 yards in the 1st quarter, his longest gain of the day. Sanders had an even bigger gain negated on a questionable ruling in the 2nd quarter. Sanders caught a deep pass on the run and took a couple of steps before falling to the ground and bobbling the ball briefly. It looked as though Sanders had completed the catch and taken a couple of steps before fumbling on the ground, but the official review stated otherwise. Siemian peppered him with targets in the short and intermediate game as well, connecting on several slants to help move the chains. It was a bit of a disappointing day Sanders was targeted 15 times, but he did manage to collect 75 yards on 7 receptions.

2017 Week 2 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 62 / 2 rec)

On Denver's first drive, two plays after Demaryius Thomas caught a quick slant and turned it into a big run up the sidelines, Sanders ran what looked like exactly the same play. He lined up wide right, caught a quick inward slant and then turned around to race up the right sideline for a gain of 28. Sanders capped the drive off with a short post route for a touchdown, catching the ball in a torrential downpour of rain. Sanders caught another touchdown to end the 2nd quarter, leaving his defender behind on a sharp out route and hauling the ball in just inside the pylon. Sanders was dead even with Thomas on targets(8) and catches(6). Thomas had a few more yards, but Sanders gathered the most fantasy points with the two touchdowns.

2017 Week 1 vs LAC (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Sanders just narrowly missed a diving catch in the end zone on a deep corner route in the 1st quarter. The touchdown pass glanced off his fingertips. He hauled in a quick screen in the 3rd quarter for a 1st down. Sanders had an amazing catch and run midway through the 3rd quarter, catching a quick pass and bouncing the ball all the way across the field on his way to making most of the team miss. He secured a touchdown pass but landed out of bounds in the waning seconds of the 3rd quarter, ending the night with the 2nd most targets(6), 3 catches, and a paltry 26 yards.

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Broncos | Denver to keep both wide receivers? (Wed Feb 14, 01:22 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders could both stay on the roster in an effort to better lure a big-name quarterback, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Sanders, in particular, had been rumored to be traded or released this offseason.

Our View: The Broncos don't have a lot in the passing game, and they'll have even less if they get rid of Thomas or Sanders. Denver is likely to make a huge push for QB Kirk Cousins. Having Thomas and Sanders on the roster would help entice Cousins to the Mile High City.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders on trade block? (Sat Feb 10, 12:22 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders could be placed on the trade block this offseason because of his salary and his uncertain durability, in the opinion of The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala. Sanders missed four games this season because of an ankle injury and is scheduled to have salary cap hits of around $10.9 million and $12.9 million over the next two seasons.

Our View: Sanders just isn't worth the money the team is paying him...especially if the team is going to be more run heavy in 2018. His contract is not outlandish, but the Broncos shouldn't be expecting much in return if a team is willing to trade for the veteran receiver.
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