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Emmanuel Sanders | Wide Receiver

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/17/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 180
College: Southern Methodist
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Emmanuel Sanders caught eight passes for 108 yards in the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Chiefs.
Sanders saw a team-high nine targets on the afternoon, and roasted the Chiefs for a long gain of 48 yards. Aside from that big play, he was mostly a chain mover. Sanders' upside is limited a bit by being allergic to the end zone, but he's been getting peppered with targets in Wes Welker's absence. Even when Welker returns, Sanders will be a high-upside WR2/3 as an every-down player. Drop him down a few pegs for Denver's Week 3 tilt in Seattle. Sep 14 - 8:34 PM

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Emmanuel Sanders had six catches for 77 yards in Sunday night's Week 1 win over the Colts.

Sanders had Denver's first three catches of the game, but was limited to one reception in the second half. He started opposite Demaryius Thomas and moved to the slot in three-wide sets. Sanders had the Broncos' longest play of the night on his 40-yard catch, but was mostly featured in the short pass game. He's locked in as high-upside WR2/3 until Wes Welker returns.
Sep 8 - 12:51 AM

Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) is active for Sunday night's opener against the Colts.

Sanders was listed on the injury report all week with a thigh injury, but his status was never in doubt. The Broncos inactives are RB Ronnie Hillman, WR Nathan Palmer, OL Ben Garland, LB Danny Trevathan, OL Michael Schofield, CB Kayvon Webster, and DL Mitch Unrein.
Sep 7 - 7:13 PM

Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) is officially listed as probable for Sunday night's game against the Colts.

Sanders has been on the injury report all week, but his thigh injury is a non-issue. He'll start opposite Demaryius Thomas, and move to the slot in three-wide sets. Rotoworld ranks Sanders as a top-20 fantasy receiver for Week 1.
Sep 5 - 8:49 PM

Emmanuel Sanders is listed on the Week 1 injury report with a thigh issue, but is practicing in full.

It's not a concern for a player who received a major fantasy boost when teammate Wes Welker drew a four-game suspension on Tuesday. Already a locked-in WR3, Sanders is now a legit WR2.
Sep 4 - 7:20 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught five passes for 128 yards with two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Sanders, who had been nursing a minor thigh injury, made a serious splash in his Broncos debut. Working both inside and outside, he separated with ease on deep patterns and got hit with perfect balls from Peyton Manning. Just about all of this production came before Wes Welker left with a possible concussion. Sanders is undersized and an average talent, but if Peyton Manning can come close to repeating his historic '13, then Sanders will return value on his sixth- or seventh-round ADP.
Aug 23 - 11:32 PM

Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) returned to practice Thursday.

Sanders now has a chance to suit up for Saturday night's third preseason game against the Texans. He didn't see a target while playing 21 snaps in his only preseason performance so far, the opener.
Aug 21 - 12:50 PM

Emmanuel Sanders sat out Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers due to a minor thigh injury.

Sanders did play in the preseason opener, failing to see a target on 20 snaps. But he missed some practice time leading up to that one, and sat out some more sessions last week. We should get a much better look at Sanders in Saturday night's third preseason contest.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 8:16 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says the Broncos "were right" about their evaluation and scheme fit for Emmanuel Sanders.

Sanders has apparently handled himself well in his first offseason as a Bronco. He's shown an ability to play both outside and inside, and is "putting in the extra time" with Peyton Manning. Sanders is obviously a good bet for his first 1,000-yard season thanks to this offense, but we'd feel better about a big-time breakout if the Broncos didn't use a second-round pick on Cody Latimer. We wouldn't rule out the rookie closing the gap quickly here.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 11:11 AM

Broncos GM John Elway talked up Emmanuel Sanders' versatility and move-ability when explaining when Denver targeted him in free agency.

Sanders primarily played Z and slot receiver in Pittsburgh. He'll likely focus on "Z" in Denver, and slot when Wes Welker moves on. "He can play anywhere," Elway said of Sanders. "He can play inside, he can be outside. He's explosive. Great separation skills. He can do it all." Sanders is a virtual lock for WR3 value, and could push for WR2 numbers with Peyton Manning at the helm.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 16 - 8:10 PM

Front office executives around the NFL are reportedly "fuming and crying foul" over Emmanuel Sanders' decision to sign with the Broncos.

It has nothing to do with the Broncos, but everything to do with Sanders and his agent. Sanders reportedly agreed to terms with the Chiefs earlier in the week before his agent took that offer to Tampa Bay and engaged in talks with the Bucs. The 49ers had a visit set up with Sanders before he and his agent blew it off. "This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations," one executive said. Another said Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, broke "every rule in negotiations." What Weinberg did isn't against the rules, but it's commonly accepted that once sides agree with a handshake or in writing, the deal is set. Weinberg has two clients currently in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 10:57 AM

Broncos agreed to terms with WR Emmanuel Sanders, formerly of the Steelers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

He can earn another $3 million via incentives. Sanders never even visited the Broncos, but will replace Eric Decker as the No. 3 receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. It's an ideal landing spot for his fantasy value, though Sanders won't be higher than the No. 4 option in the passing game. Sanders was reportedly seeking a contract in the range of Golden Tate's $13 million guaranteed, but came up short at just $6 million guaranteed. If he can stay healthy for a full season, Sanders will be a lock to better his 67/740/6 line from 2013 playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense. The Chiefs, Jets, 49ers, and Jaguars also showed interest in Sanders.
Mar 15 - 9:22 PM

The Steelers haven't ruled out the possibility of re-signing free agent Emmanuel Sanders.

Sanders remains unlikely to return, but it's possible medical concerns could lead him back to Pittsburgh at the right price. ESPN.com's Scott Brown believes Sanders may have to settle for a short-term deal with little guaranteed money after playing through a foot injury last season. Sanders is reportedly seeking a contract in the range of Golden Tate's five-year, $31 million deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 4:04 PM

ESPN reports free agent Emmanuel Sanders may not receive the long-term contract he wants due to medical concerns regarding his feet.

Sanders has a screw in each of his feet and was limited by a foot injury the last two months of 2013. He is reportedly looking for something close to the five-year, $31 million, $13 million guaranteed deal Golden Tate received from the Lions, but his injury history should put that kind of money out of reach. Sanders may have to settle for a one or two-year deal. He is our No. 5 remaining free-agent wide receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 14 - 7:07 PM

Free agent Emmanuel Sanders will visit the 49ers on Saturday.

It will be Sanders' fourth visit. He's currently in Kansas City, and previously left Jacksonville and Tampa Bay without a deal. Sanders has also been linked to the Jets. Slow-playing the receiver market, the 49ers have now been linked to Sanders, Julian Edelman and Hakeem Nicks. They're waiting for a bargain to fall into their laps.
Mar 14 - 2:42 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Juwan Thompson
GLB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Matt Prater
2Brandon McManus