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|Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, Sanders was the player expected to eventually take over in the starting lineup for Hines Ward. Injuries have derailed that plan and Antonio Brown, taken in the 6th round in 2010, has laid claim to the starting spot opposite Mike Wallace with Ward now retired. Sanders role in 2012 is yet to be determined as he will either battle Jerricho Cotchery for the 3rd receiver role or for a spot in the starting lineup if Mike Wallace doesn’t sign his restricted free agent tender. Of course, Wallace stands to lose close to $170,000 each week he misses so we expect he will report just prior to Week 1 at the latest. Look for Sanders to nail down the slot receiver role.
|Broncos "right" about Emmanuel Sanders -- Thu Jun 19 3:35 pm --|
Denver pleased with versatility, decidation of free-agent WR
|The Broncos, in both player evaluation and in finding him a spot in the offense, were right about WR Emmanuel Sanders. He fits what the Broncos do in their scheme, has the versatility to line up all over the formation and has held up his end of the bargain by putting in the extra time with Peyton Manning.
If he stays healthy and in the lineup, he’s a quality bet to have his first 1,000-yard season. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders is primed for a career year, and not just because he should assume Eric Decker's spot in the starting lineup. While Sanders lacks Decker size and red-zone chops, the ex-Steelers should be even more successful as a deep receiver and in between the 20s than his predecessor. Sanders is a bargain at his current mid-sixth round ADP.