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A star at training camp every day, Emmanuel Sanders has looked excellent with his new team. After the first day of camp, Sanders gave himself a grade of “less than an F” because he dropped one (ONE) pass in practice.
The more realistic grade for Sanders should be an A+ because he’s making big plays seem routine.
Sanders is being used in many different ways. He can line up in the slot, his most natural position, but he can also line up on the outside to stretch the field. This versatility is something offensive coordinator Adam Gase will explore fully.
Gase is one of the most creative young offensive coordinators in the game today. Sanders gives him an upgrade over last year’s No. 2 wide receiver, Decker. While Decker was a sharp route-runner, he’s not as quick or fast as Sanders is.
Sanders' quickness helps him get off the line of scrimmage cleanly. Defenders are struggling to jam in off the line, and Sanders is making them pay down the field or after the catch.
At this time, Sanders is getting the best of cornerback Aqib Talib. The battle between the two has been fun to watch. Sanders has been setting up his routes well, and his speed makes him a threat to score any time he touches the ball.
Sanders is not the red-zone threat that Decker is, but he should post career-best touchdown numbers this season. He’s never had a 100-yard receving game, but he could have multiple such games as the year goes on.
He’s tough to cover, and the team is being very creative in the way he’s being used. Sanders is a player who could star for the Broncos each Sunday.
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