Emmanuel Sanders returns for Broncos vs. Eagles

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders /

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returns to action for the team’s week nine matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles…

The Denver Broncos have gone through a lot this week as a team, but one underrated storyline ahead of the team’s week nine matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles is the health of Emmanuel Sanders.

Sanders was listed as questionable on the final injury report after taking things slowly in practice this week, but it appears as though he’s going to be playing in this critical game for Denver.

Here’s the report from very early Sunday morning:

The return of Sanders would provide Brock Osweiler with a full complement of playmakers offensively, which the Broncos haven’t really had all year when you combine injuries to Sanders, Bennie Fowler, Devontae Booker at running back, as well as other dings and bruises.

Despite Sanders’ absence the past couple of weeks, he remains the most recent wide receiver on the roster to catch a touchdown pass, which came week two against the Dallas Cowboys when he had a pair of scores.

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The Broncos’ offense needs the boost Sanders will provide. He is quite possibly the fastest player on the team, and has chemistry with Brock Osweiler dating back to the 2015 season.

Some of Osweiler’s best throws in 2015 came on big time passes to Sanders, who knows how to get open.

This is one reason Broncos fans should have some hope going into the hostile environment of Philadelphia. Denver’s receivers are still some of the most talented in the NFL. These guys didn’t forget how to play.

They just need someone who can consistently get them the ball, and get the ball out quickly.

Watching some of Osweiler’s 2015 tape this past week, it’s clear to see he has much better rhythm and timing than does Trevor Siemian. Part of that was due to his great chemistry with Sanders and Thomas, so we’ll see if he can get that rhythm and timing back quickly this week against the Eagles.