Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said on Tuesday that his goal is to be ready for week one of the 2019 season.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders continues to rehab a torn Achilles he suffered late last season. He says that he is “definitely not going to be full-go” for training camp.
The plan is for Sanders to be ready for week one of the season, which gives him some extra time that he may need.
It is a smart move from the Broncos to bring him up to speed slowly. Achilles tears are nothing to play around with and you never want to risk injury when games aren’t counting in the preseason. The Broncos will play in five preseason games this year as they are to face the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame Game to kickoff football in 2019.
Sanders does not necessarily need to play in the preseason but it would have been nice to see what he can do while playing in those extra games. I feel as if he will be back to his old self when week one approaches.
The 32-year old wide receiver has been working extremely hard as he comes back from the season-ending injury. He has looked very good in limited video clips posted to his Instagram.
The biggest problem that Sanders could face is connecting with new Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco. As a quarterback-wide receiver combo, timing is everything. To miss out on those reps could prove to be costly. But as I mentioned, he should be okay.
Sanders will lead an otherwise young wide receiver group into the 2019 season as the veteran of the bunch. There is no player at the position who is very close to his age, but with age comes maturity and experience.
Here’s hoping Sanders will be as good as new when the 2019 season kicks off Monday, September 9th against the Oakland Raiders.