With Eric Decker leaving for the Big Apple, the Denver Broncos needed to find a veteran replacement who could fill his shoes. The signing of Emmanuel Sanders might have done just that.
Looking to fill in the void in the wide receiver position, the Broncos agreed with the former Pittsburgh Steelers player to a three year deal worth $18 million with $6 million guaranteed. This is an excellent move for the Broncos due to the fact that they are getting a player who can produce at a high level. While Sanders is only 5-foot-11, he has the abilities to get into the open field and become a deep threat. This ability adds on to an already dangerous Broncos’ offense. He also has the abilities to return kickoffs as well which could boost the special teams area as well.
The big key that could make Sanders a dangerous weapon in the offense is his catching and mobility with the football. He had a lower drop rate than Decker did during the 2013 season. His ability to move in the open field with the football is a great factor as well. John Elway stated that he had 15 defenders miss tackles on him which only three other receivers beat him in that category. Knowing that he can break tackles could benefit the offense into getting the critical yards needed in crunch time if necessary.
His abilities to play the slot and outside wideout spot makes Sanders a dual threat on the field. While Wes Welker is the slot receiver for the Broncos, it is comforting that they have a backup just in case Welker goes down with an injury.
With all of this in place, look for Sanders and the Broncos’ receivers to thrive, and for the offense to succeed yet again in the 2014 season.