May 28, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) runs a drill during organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
In case you weren’t drooling enough already at the thought of Emmanuel Sanders’ speed and versatility in the Denver Broncos’ offense, here’s a nice endorsement from one of the best receivers in the NFL today.
“Sanders is too fast. He’s quick and fast at the same time,” said Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Sanders knows his role in the Denver offense is vastly expanded from what he’s previously done. The Broncos knew when they went into all of this that they got a great complement to the style of Thomas, but Sanders is in agreement with Thomas.
He knows he is fast.
“It’s been fun. Me and Demaryius complement each other. DT is a big receiver. He’s a big, physical receiver and I’m a more a smaller, quick, faster receiver that can stretch the field. … I think Peyton likes that a lot better also.”
Peyton is certainly going to like it a lot better. While the Broncos had a phenomenal trio of receivers last year complemented by tight end Julius Thomas, they were a very finesse team.
That was painfully evident in the Super Bowl.
Even though Demaryius and Julius Thomas are freak athletes, the Broncos lacked a true ‘spark’ for the offense, a player who could blow the top off of a game with big time speed aside from DT.
That’s no longer a problem.
In Sanders, the Broncos have a receiver with legit sub-4.4 speed. Did we mention Cody Latimer ran a sub-4.4 as well?
The Broncos recognized their need for speed on the offensive side of the ball, and they brought in two big time playmakers at the wide receiver position to give them that edge.
Denver needed speed.
They got it.