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10 Emmanuel Sanders WR
Height/Weight: 5-11/180 | Birthdate: 3/17/1987 | Birthplace: Bellville, TX, USA | Team: Denver | College: Southern Methodist | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/84 | Average Draft Position: 59.24
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Emmanuel Sanders a strong flex option Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Assuming Wes Welker returns from his concussion and plays Week 1, teammate Emmanuel Sanders still will be a strong flex option. Colts-Broncos is a guaranteed shootout -- the over/under is a whopping 55, highest on the board -- and Peyton Manning can support three productive Fantasy receivers with ease.

Plus, Manning has taken a liking to Sanders. When Sanders debuted in the third preseason game, the duo hooked up for 67- and 29-yard touchdowns in the first half.

"You just throw it as far as you can, and it's hard to outthrow that guy," Manning told the team's website.

Sanders finished with five catches for 128 yards on eight first-half targets, doing most of that before Welker got concussed. Sanders was not 100 percent for that game; he had just come back from a quad injury.

Now Sanders, who started building chemistry with Manning at informal Duke University workouts, "looks ready for the big stage," the website said.

"Peyton puts it on the money," Sanders said. "He takes pride in throwing the perfect football. He takes pride in being perfect all around, in general. He makes my job easy."

Manning is going to help Sanders reach a level he has not hit before, starting Sunday night.

Emmanuel Sanders scores twice in monster first half vs. Texans


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had a monster first half, scoring twice and cracking the 100-yard mark during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Sanders came down with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the second quarter. Manning found him again for a 27-yard touchdown strike in the same period. Sanders played the entire first hald and was targeted eight times. He finished with five catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 25.6 yards per grab.

Emmanuel Sanders expected back Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is expected to return to preseason action Saturday against the Texans, after missing the team's previous game against the 49ers with a quad injury, the Denver Post reports. 

Still a chance Emmanuel Sanders plays Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders has not yet been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Texans, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Sanders was "involved" in Wednesday's practice, but not in "live" settings, La Canfora wrote.

The free agent acquisition has been hampered by a quad injury for more than two weeks.


Emmanuel Sanders still out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders is not practicing Tuesday due to a quad injury, reports the Denver Post. The injury also kept Sanders out of Sunday's preseason game.

Broncos holding out Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders won't play in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers due to a minor hip injury, reports NFL Network. Earlier reports indicated Sanders was dealing with a thigh problem.

Emmanuel Sanders remains out at practice


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was out of practice yet again Saturday, as he continues to deal with a thigh injury. He remains day to day at this point, but the injury is not considered serious.

Emmanuel Sanders has 'slight' thigh strain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders was pulled from practice after suffering what coach John Fox called a "slight" thigh strain, reports ESPN.com. The team does not consider Sanders' injury serious, the report said.

Emmanuel Sanders adds different dimension for Denver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) The Broncos are expecting big things from new receiver Emmanuel Sanders this season, reports the team's official website.

"Well, when you watch him on film from when he was at Pittsburgh, you just see that quickness off the line, the vertical speed, his ability to separate down the field," said offensive coordinator Adam Gase in June. "It's a different kind of dimension for us."

Added fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas: "Sanders is too fast. He's quick and fast at the same time. Some guys are quick, fast, and you've got Wes [Welker], who's quick. Sanders is quick and fast. But I think it'll be great for the team, because he can go over the top, he can be quick, he can go inside. I think it's a big pickup for us. I think he'll be great."

The Broncos not only view Sanders as a replacement for Eric Decker but also as an insurance policy in case Welker gets hurt since Sanders has experience in the slot. But when everyone is healthy, Sanders will remain mostly on the outside in Decker's place.

"They're different body types, and Eric had his way of finding ways to get open and catching the ball and making plays down the field, and making big plays underneath and creating," Gase said. "Emmanuel can do the same thing. It's just going to be in a different way."


Emmanuel Sanders thinks he'll catch at least 80 passes


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/14/2014) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes that he can catch at least 80 passes thanks to the new style of offense that he's in, ESPN's John Clayton reported. 

Sanders' career high in receptions is 67, coming last year with the Steelers. They spent the first half of the season playing conservatively until they employed the no-huddle and began throwing it more. Sanders had four touchdowns in his last six games and 36 grabs in his last nine games. 


Emmanuel Sanders enjoying 'wide receiver heaven'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) New Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders told Sirius XM NFL Radio he feels like he "made it into wide receiver heaven." Sanders can't wait to play with Peyton Manning in Denver's pass-happy offense.

He'll be a top target along with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas.

"The thing that I like about the Broncos is there is really no No. 1 guy," Sanders said. "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, week in and week out, just based off of matchups."


Broncos like what they see from Emmanuel Sanders


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) The Broncos have been impressed with new receiver Emmanuel Sanders, reports ESPN.

The report says Sanders "fits what the Broncos do in their scheme, has the versatility to line up all over the formation and has held up his end of the bargain by putting in the extra time with (Peyton) Manning."

The report also adds that if Sanders stays healthy and in the lineup, he's a quality bet to have his first 1,000-yard season.


Manning sees improvement for Emmanuel Sanders


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said new receiver Emmanuel Sanders is adjusting to the offense in Denver.

"What’s always a challenge is not only learning a new offense but kind of unlearning your old one," Manning said. "He was very much a part of that system in Pittsburgh. I still do it occasionally now, I still call an old play that we just don't have in this offense. ... It’s hard to unlearn that offense, and so I know what Emmanuel is going through and it just takes time. He's kept himself in great shape. He stays out there for every play, and it’s a credit to him. We are making progress, and it’s important to put the time in."

Sanders, who left the Steelers for the Broncos, is expected to be Denver's No. 3 receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker.


Gase likes element Emmanuel Sanders brings to offense


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said this week that receiver Emmanuel Sanders gives the team "a little different element" to the offense that they didn't have last season when they broke the league record for scoring. 

"When you watch him on film from when he was at Pittsburgh, you just see that quickness off the line, the vertical speed, his ability to separate down the field." Gase said per Bleacher Report. "I think we've got a group of guys, every guy brings a little different element to our passing game, and not saying what we had before wasn't any good, but it's just a little different element for us."

Gase went on to compare Sanders to Eric Decker, who left the Broncos this spring. He mentioned that they have different body types and different ways of getting open, but both can create plays in their own way.

Sanders should see a lot of playing time with the Broncos this season. He posted career highs across the board last year in Pittsburgh, catching 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns. 


Broncos OC excited for possibilities with Emmanuel Sanders


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/21/2014) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is looking forward to utilizing new receiver Emmanuel Sanders this season. Noting he can line up inside or outside, Gase believes Sanders' speed and separation will bring something new to the Denver offense. 

"His hands are outstanding and his run-after-catch, seeing that over the last few years of, if he's got one guy to make miss, he makes it happen. His addition is going to be big for us," Gase told the official team website. 

Sanders posted career highs across the board last year in Pittsburgh, catching 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns. 


Broncos draft WR Cody Latimer


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 56 pick in the NFL Draft, the Broncos selected receiver Cody Latimer from Indiana.

The Broncos had a need for another receiver with Eric Decker gone, but Latimer should be No. 4 on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders.

Latimer has 4.4 speed to go with a 6-foot-3, 215-pound body. He's consistently found ways to get open, be it by using good agility and quickness or by separating from defenders. His speed isn't good enough to keep him from blowing past defenders, though. Latimer is considered a bit of a project despite hauling in 72 catches for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns for the Hoosiers last season. 


Peyton Manning excited for Emmanuel Sanders


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning recently spent time working out at Duke University with some of his receivers, including newest addition Emmanuel Sanders. Manning said "it was good to get some good work with him." 

Sanders is expected to replace the departed Eric Decker, and Manning said they have a lot of work to do.

"I'm excited about playing with him," Manning said.


John Elway: Emmanuel Sanders 'can play anywhere'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) The Broncos signed free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders in part because of his versatility, general manager John Elway told the Denver Post. "He can play anywhere," Elway said. "He can play inside, he can be outside. He's explosive. Great separation skills. He can do it all."

Sanders joins Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas to give Peyton Manning four high-end targets.


Emmanuel Sanders denies he had agreement with Chiefs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) New Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders denied that he agreed in principle to a contract with the Chiefs before reaching a deal with Denver, reports USA Today. The allegation was contained in a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"There was no handshake, there was no agreement," Sanders said after being introduced by the Broncos.

Sanders said playing with Peyton Manning is "wide receiver heaven" and that Denver was his top choice in free agency.


Emmanuel Sanders could be 'lethal' on bubble screens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) New Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders forced 15 missed tackles last season, or one every 4.47 catches. That was the fourth-best rate in the NFL. The team's website says Sanders' speed and elusiveness will make him "particularly dangerous on the bubble screens that the Broncos love to run."

"Those plays have worked well" since Peyton Manning's arrival, the site added, "but Sanders' skill set could make them lethal."


Emmanuel Sanders gets $6 million guaranteed


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Receiver Emmanuel Sanders' three-year contract with the Broncos is worth up to $18 million, including $6 million guaranteed, reports the National Football Post. The base value of the contract is $15 million.

Sanders left Pittsburgh after catching 161 passes for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns over four seasons.


Emmanuel Sanders to sign three-year deal with Broncos


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Broncos after taking his physical Sunday, reports the Denver Post. No word yet on how much Denver will pay Sanders, who turns 27 on Monday.

Emmanuel Sanders' agent under fire for negotiation tactics


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) The agent for receiver Emmanuel Sanders accepted a deal in principle with the Chiefs before negotiating with the Buccaneers and finally agreeing to a contract with the Broncos, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations," one executive involved told Rapoport. "Totally wrong. This needs to be stopped."

Sanders visited the Jaguars, Buccaneers and Chiefs. He's heading to Denver, where he's set to replace Eric Decker, despite never visiting the Broncos.


Report: Emmanuel Sanders to sign with Broncos


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has taken a number of visits through the first days of free agency, and according to ESPN.com he is ready to make a decision. Though neither the team nor Sanders' agent confirmed, ESPN.com cites league sources indicating Sanders is expected to sign with the Broncos in the coming days.

Sanders is coming off the best season of his career, finishing with 67 receptions for 740 yards and six touchdowns. If he ends up signing with the Broncos, he would likely be expected to replace Eric Decker, who left the team coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. 


Emmanuel Sanders to check out Buccaneers next


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Free agent Emmanuel Sanders is set to visit the Buccaneers after visiting the Jaguars on Wednesday, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Reports indicate the Jets remain in the mix for the former Steelers wideout.