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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.
| Emmanuel Sanders still struggling with hamstring -- Fri Aug 28 4:45 pm --|
Kubiak hopes WR will be healthy enough to practice next week
|For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chunk of summer practice with a leg injury. Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for 1 1/2 weeks. This time, it’s a pulled right hamstring. Sanders isn’t expected to play in either of Denver’s remaining exhibition games although coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes to have him back on the field next week. “He ran yesterday and everything was positive, there were no setbacks,” Kubiak said Thursday. “I’m hoping tomorrow he gets some throwing in with Peyton after our jog-through or whatever we end up doing in the morning. I think everything’s on schedule for him to be a full-time participant next week.” (Denver CBS Local)|
FF Today's Take: Despite missing so much time last preseason, Sanders turned in a career year in 2014 with 1404 yards and 9 TDs. If he can get healthy again, similar totals are not out of the question this year, though many have speculated that the Broncos' new offense will emphasize the run more.
|Demaryius Thomas likely to play against HOU -- Sat Aug 15 7:20 pm --|
Kubiak pleased with progress
|Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he's pleased with Demaryius Thomas' progress after he missed the offseason workouts because of contract negotiations. Kubiak said the starting receiver will play Saturday in Houston. How much will be determined by the coaches later this week.
"I think he's ready to go play as long as Peyton (Manning) plays," Kubiak said. He said Manning will probably play through at least part of the second quarter.
FF Today's Take: Demaryius Thomas is ready for game action and figures to lead the Broncos receiving corps again in 2015. With Emmanuel Sanders' nagging hamstring woes, Thomas should be Peyton Manning's top target right out of the gates this season.