Sanders remains hopeful of signing an extension with the Broncos, but since the team needs to agree to a long-term deal with Von Miller by this Friday, Sanders' negotiations have understandably been put on the back burner. That being said, Sanders' remarkable totals of 117 catches, 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns since joining Denver in 2014 certainly make him someone the Broncos would also like to keep around beyond this season, which is his final year under his current contract. Now 29 years old, Sanders has elevated his game over the past couple seasons, and has reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason to improve further.
Emmanuel Sanders nabbed 76 passes for 1,135 yards and six touchdowns on 137 targets in 2015. He led Denver with 16 catches off of 24 targets for 230 yards in the playoffs.
Sanders' numbers fell off from 2014 to 2015, a product of a drop in quarterback play and an increased reliance on the running game in Denver. It is telling, however, that it was Sanders - not Demaryius Thomas, who was Denver's go-to target in the playoffs. Picking up on that clutch play in 2016 will likely lead to a big payday for Sanders next offseason. Sanders' ability to remain consistently dangerous whether it is Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler quarterbacking should help toward that goal. Sanders averaged 71 yards per game in Manning's nine starts and 70.8 in seven starts with likely 2016 starter Osweiler. Thomas saw a much greater difference, averaging 90.7 yards per game with Manning, but just 69.7 yards per game with Osweiler.
Emmanuel Sanders secured six of eight targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.
The 28-year-old led Denver in targets and receptions, taking advantage of the fact that Josh Norman's attention was focused primarily on Demaryius Thomas. Sanders made several key receptions throughout the game, and was the Denver's leading receiver in the postseason with 16 receptions on 24 targets for 230 yards. With Thomas struggling late in the regular season and postseason, Sanders was arguably the more effective of the two over the second half of the 2015 campaign. Coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, he figures to once again serve as a centerpiece of Denver's offensive attack next season.
Emmanuel Sanders caught five of eight targets for 62 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots.
The Denver offense struggled to generate big plays Sunday, but Sanders was able to shake loose for a 34-yard gain, helping pad his totals. Sanders continues to see his share of looks each game, but with the Denver Broncos content to play defense and pound the ball, he hasn't been able to come through with an impact performance thus far in the postseason. Nevertheless, Sanders should be among Denver's leaders in targets in next month's Super Bowl.
Emmanuel Sanders caught five of eight targets for 85 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
The 28-year-old led Denver in targets, catches and yards Sunday, although the didn't post monster numbers do to the unfavorably windy conditions. Sanders remains a favorite target of Peyton Manning's, and he should be even more productive if the Denver Broncos find themselves in a game in which they can't fully rely on the defense and running game. This could be the case next week, when the Patriots come to town with the right to play in the Super Bowl on the line.
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