After missing last week’s preseason matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos WR, Emmanuel Sanders, is hopeful that he’ll be able to play this Saturday vs the Houston Texans.
Since he joined the Broncos back in March, Sanders has been the source of a lot of buzz out of Dove Valley. Throughout OTAs and training camp, his speed and quickness has left coaches and fans alike, chomping at the bit to see him making plays on gameday.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t come to fruition yet. In the Broncos first preseason game vs the Seattle Seahawks, Sanders didn’t have a single catch, mainly due to the fact that he had Richard Sherman covering him. Peyton Manning wisely chose to look elsewhere for his targets.
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Since the preseason, Sanders has been nursing a leg injury that has kept him out of any meaningful action. His absence has allowed rookie WR, Cody Latimer, the benefit of seeing extra reps with the ones, an occurance that Sanders surely doesn’t want to see turn into a permanent trend.
Via the Denver Post, Sanders said this about his return to the field.
"“I know Peyton was happy for me to be out here. He texted me last night and told me that he would like me to be out here today practicing and catching balls, so it was fun.”"
As it stands, Sanders is the Broncos WR2. And all of Broncos Country is looking forward to seeing how his dynamic speed can impact the offense with Manning at the helm.
But if he doesn’t find a way to stay on the field, he could see Latimer take away more and more reps. The rookie out of Indiana made two huge plays last week vs the 49ers. The fans and media have been abuzz with Latimer’s name.
The same cannot be said for Sanders. Here’s to hoping he can stay healthy and stay on the field; where he belongs.