The Denver Broncos have been optimistic about the health of two of their key players on offense in running back Phillip Lindsay and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. It appears they are each coming with something to prove in the 2019 NFL season.
Both players have spent the offseason nursing injuries. According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Lindsay has high expectations for Sanders in 2019:
“He’s looking good and I’m proud of him for coming back from something like that (Achilles). He’s going to show a lot of people why he’s one of the best receivers in the NFL.”
Sanders recently provided an encouraging update on his progression from the Achilles injury after a video surfaced of him making cuts with ease in training. Regardless, there has still been plenty of speculation regarding whether or not he will be able to resume his role as the No. 1 option in the passing game.
The Broncos have ushered in a bit of a youth movement in recent years with their receiving corps. Sanders is now the lone veteran in this bunch of talented, young wideouts. It appears he will face some competition for the top spot in the pecking order from wide receiver Courtland Sutton.
Regardless, there is still good reason for Lindsay to be confident in Sanders’ skill set. The 32-year-old finished the 2018 campaign with 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.
Quarterback Joe Flacco will be in desperate need of a safety net on offense and Sanders is still the only proven option in the receiving corps at the moment.