Saints’ Michael Thomas explains why Emmanuel Sanders was an important signing
Heading into the upcoming season, Michael Thomas and the already-rich New Orleans Saints got even richer. The acquisition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders gives another dimension to the Saints’ offense led by quarterback Drew Brees.
Fellow Saints wideout Michael Thomas chimed in on the newest veteran of the team as reported by The Athletic NOLA reporter Katherine Terrell on Twitter:
Michael Thomas on Emmanuel Sanders: Being a receiver, you always want to free up the coverage. … Anytime you can add another weapon to either side, it makes you excited for how it opens up the offense
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 2, 2020
Emmanuel Sanders began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being drafted by the team with the 82nd pick in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After four seasons, he packed his bags and went up north to the Denver Broncos’ camp. In 2015, he booked a trip to the Super Bowl 50 and lifted the Lombardi Trophy after crushing the Carolina Panthers, 24-10.
After six years with the Broncos, Sanders was traded to the San Francisco 49ers along with a 2020 fifth-round pick in exchange for 2020 third and fourth-round picks. He also earned a Super Bowl LIV trip in his lone season with the 49ers. In the championship game, he recorded three catches for 38 yards, contributing to a losing effort as the 49ers lost 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs. He will try to take the extra step with the Saints this season.
He concluded the 2019 season with 66 receptions for 869 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. The two-time Pro Bowler is looking to bring his Super Bowl luck with him to New Orleans in the upcoming season. His arrival will form a formidable Saints receiving duo with three-time Pro Bowler Michael Thomas.
The team is aiming for continuity as they hope to dominate the NFC South once again. A heavyweight clash will usher in the 2020 season for the Saints as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 13.