Broncos vs. Ravens: Five most critical players for Denver

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Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

4. Emmanuel Sanders

Not only is Emmanuel Sanders of critical importance to the Broncos’ offense, he’s now the most important player on special teams (if you ask me). Sanders has accepted the responsibility of returning punts for the Broncos, which is both scary in terms of his risk for injury and exciting for the fact that he provides probably the best big play opportunity of anyone on the roster that could be back there.

It could turn out that Sanders is the most valuable player the Broncos have offensively by season’s end, and he could end up being a big time special teams contributor as well.

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