Sanders (foot) caught 79 passes (on 139 targets) for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games played this season. Sanders was forced into exit early from Denver's season finale due a foot injury, but that only came after he put together a third straight 1,000-yard season since joining the Broncos. Despite dealing with the respective growing pains of quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Sanders' 79 catches and 139 targets both marked the second-most over his seven-year career. Coming off a three-year, $33 million extension signed in September, the veteran has also now scored at least five touchdowns in four consecutive campaigns. With former Chargers coach Mike McCoy slated to become the Broncos offensive coordinator, Sanders could benefit from an attacking scheme build around the team's playmakers, The Denver Post reports, particularly if the team's quarterback play improves in 2017.
Sanders was forced out of Sunday's season finale, with a foot injury. Sanders will finish Sunday's game against the Raiders without a catch and closes the campaign 79 catches for 1,032 yards and five TDs over 16 games.
Sanders caught a 26-yard pass in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. Sanders failed to come anywhere in the vicinity of his 162-yard Week 12 outing against the Chiefs, seeing season lows in catches, yards and targets. With all eyes now on 2017, rookie Paxton Lynch is rumored to be in line for playing time. In Lynch's two starts this season, Sanders has caught 10 passes for 108 yards. He also hauled in Lynch's first career touchdown when the rookie was thrust into action in Week 4 against Tampa Bay.
Sanders caught three of six targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 16-3 loss to the Patriots. Sanders was shut out in the first half, but didn't do much in the second half either, as the entire Broncos offense struggled to move the ball. Meanwhile, Demaryius Thomas was able to produce, catching 7 of 11 targets for 91 yards. In Week 16, Sanders will face the Chiefs in Kansas City.
Sanders nabbed 11 of 14 targets for 100 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to the Titans. Sanders finally put Denver on the board with a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The fact that both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas had some of their best games of the year in a 10-point effort points to both their quality and a strong rapport with quarterback Trevor Siemian. Sanders has arguably been the top dog, leading the team in targets and yardage. Though his performances haven't always been pretty, Sanders has been targeted fewer than eight times just once this season.
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