Emmanuel Sanders Can be Deep Threat New England Patriots Have Lacked

By Jeric Griffin
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The New England Patriots have desperately tried to find another deep threat since parting ways with Randy Moss in 2010, but haven’t had much luck. That could change in 2013 after the team reportedly offered Emmanuel Sanders a one-year free agent deal early Wednesday morning. Sanders is looking to find a new home after his rookie deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers expired and he’s apparently found a home with a contender and a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady.

Sanders is 26 years old and showed flashes of brilliance while with the Steelers and was expected to replace the departed Mike Wallace in Pittsburgh’s lineup opposite Antonio Brown. However, the cash-strapped Steelers couldn’t give Sanders anything better than an original-round tender, so the team is hot water while the player seems to be in high cotton.

The Patriots are getting a fine replacement for Brandon Lloyd, who didn’t pan out nearly the way the team had hoped. Sanders won’t give New England the production that Moss did, but he’s a great complement to fellow new Patriots wideout Danny Amendola, who was signed to replace the departed Wes Welker. Now Brady has a little insurance for the player who was expected to be his favorite target in the post-Welker era — tight end Rob Gronkowski. However, the Gronk might miss the start of the season after his broken forearm had to be repaired yet again.

To say the Patriots are reloading is an understatement, so look out for an offense that was already considered one of the NFL‘s best.

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