The experiment to tinker the Denver Broncos offense with Emmanuel Sanders in the slot is one that can pay dividends later in the season.
Emmanuel Sanders has performed like a number one receiver in his time with the Denver Broncos. The team’s addition of Courtland Sutton allows Sanders to be utilized all over the offensive formation, and the Broncos are finding him a new home in the slot.
It is an experiment Sanders is unfamiliar with as a member of the Broncos. Ever since he has been with the team, Sanders has been the number one or two focus for an opposing defense. While it’s great to be the guy, playing the slot is a role where Sanders will become a nightmare for opposing defenses.
Typically slot receivers are faced up against a third corner, safety, or maybe linebacker. I’m no expert, but linebackers are not made to cover slot receivers, let alone Emmanuel Sanders.
The most likely matchup is with the third corner. However, the Broncos’ wide receiver is so shifty and quick out of his release that a defensive back will not have much time to react. When Sanders suffered an ankle sprain last season it limited plenty of his movement.
Looking at this season Sanders has been one of the best and most improved players on the offensive side of the ball. His quickness appears to be the best it has since the Peyton Manning years.
Case Keenum’s four interceptions through two games are surprising due to his accuracy and low interception numbers last season. This is where Keenum will become better as the games wear on. Keenum is a smart enough quarterback to realize it’s best to get the ball in a playmaker’s hands quickly.
There’s no better option than Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders emerged out of the tunnel for the second half against Oakland ready to do damage. He almost finished with another game over 100 receiving yards. That shows you it’s not just the game plan by Bill Musgrave, but Keenum’s effort to get Sanders involved.
Through the first two games, Sanders has run 49 routes from the slot, 71 percent of his snaps according to Pro Football Focus.
Sanders is becoming the most dangerous weapon for the Denver Broncos offensive arsenal. He is a familiar target, but this year he is playing in the best possible position to do significant damage to a secondary.
Sanders is off to a roaring start.
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