It's impressive enough that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders started training camp on time coming off a December tear of his left Achilles' tendon. But Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported Monday that Sanders also had "tightrope" surgery on his right ankle to treat an issue that reportedly originated on October 15, 2017. This revelation might actually be a positive, though. Sanders told Klis that the right ankle "gave me problems all last year." He added: "I came to camp last year thinking, 'How the hell am I going to get through this season?' I feel like that was kind of the reason I tore my Achilles'." Sanders took part in full-team drills for the 1st time Monday and is expected to play in Denver's next preseason contest. Barring some setback with either ankle, Sanders looks like an option in the double-digit rounds of fantasy football drafts after we hit summer skeptical.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders expects to be at 100% in 2-3 weeks. He took part in 7-on-7 drills in Wednesday's practice for the 1st time since tearing his Achilles last December. "I think just talking with the trainers and just knowing we have plenty of time and [that] Week 1 is the most important thing [is important]," he said. "There’s really no rush." Sanders is well ahead of where we thought he'd be at this point. We've warmed up to him as a 2019 draft target, especially as his ADP has sunk to the 14th round in recent DRAFT best balls.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has impressed early in camp as he returns from last year's torn Achilles. "Everything is good so far," HC Vic Fangio said. "He’s where we expected him to be and even a little bit more.” Sanders has been limited to individual work so far but has looked somewhere close to 100%. "You can't tell he is coming back from an Achilles' injury," insider Cecil Lammey noted. "Has not lost a step, super quick." Remember that Sanders was sitting 15th among WRs in PPR points before going down last year. He's certainly worth taking a shot on at his recent WR63 ADP in Draft.com best-ball drafts.
Broncos GM John Elway said Wednesday that WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) will not be placed on the active/PUP list. Elway confirmed that Sanders will be eased into training camp, but avoiding the active/PUP means Sanders can't be placed on reserve/PUP, which would have cost him the first 6 weeks of the season. The Broncos evidently believe Sanders will be ready to play early. We'll continue to monitor his rehab.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) admitted on Tuesday that he won't be at 100% for the start of training camp and said his goal is to be ready for Week 1. That shouldn't come as a surprise considering he's still only 7-and-a-half months removed from his torn Achilles, an injury that can take a year or longer to fully recover from. We consider Sanders no better than 50/50 for the season opener and would avoid him even at his current 12th-round ADP.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders ran in cleats on Friday for the 1st time since tearing his Achilles in December, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. "He’s coming along nicely," Palmer adds. Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to return from -- especially for a 32-year-old WR like Sanders. We're still considering him questionable for Week 1 and are generally avoiding him in early fantasy drafts. Denver has a pair of young, promising WRs in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton who should claim big roles this season.
The Broncos on Tuesday exercised their 2019 option on WR Emmanuel Sanders. That keeps the veteran wideout around for the final year of his contract at a cap hit of about $12.9 million. GM John Elway had previously said the team planned to do so. The big remaining question for Sanders, of course, is how he'll rebound from his December Achilles' tear. That situation makes Sanders not worth the risk in early best-ball drafting. We'll see how soon he gets back onto the field. Denver sports a pair of intriguing 2nd-year wideouts in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton.
The Ravens and Broncos have agreed to a trade that will send QB Joe Flacco to Denver, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal can't be made official until the new league year starts on March 13. Flacco had flashes of elite play in Baltimore, but his 11 seasons there are best described as mediocre. He sports a career 61.7% completion rate, 6.7 yards per attempt and 212 TDs vs. 136 INTs. Flacco is clearly heading to Denver to take over as the Broncos' starter, though, which means the end of the Case Keenum Era. Considering Flacco is 34, this move shouldn't take Denver out of the running to select a QB in the 1st round of this spring's draft. Note that the Broncos can get out of Flacco's contract after the 2019 season with 0 dead money.
Update: The Ravens will receive Denver's 4th-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Flacco.
The Broncos have hired Rich Scangarello as OC. He's bounced around to multiple college programs over the past 2 decades and also spent time with the Raiders, Falcons and 49ers. Scangarello worked under Kyle Shanahan in those last 2 stops, which is promising. He's never called plays at the NFL level, though, making this a tough hire to decipher for fantasy purposes.
The Broncos are set to hire Vic Fangio as their HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fangio has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator but has never been a HC at any level. We'll see who he tabs to run his offense.
Update: Denver has named Gary Kubiak its new OC. Kubiak has 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC, including 13 with the Broncos. He's landed an impressive 19 units inside the top 16 in total yards and 11 in the top 5.
The Broncos have placed WR Emmanuel Sanders on IR after an MRI confirmed a torn left Achilles. It's a massive loss for a team with playoff aspirations. Sanders leads Denver in all major receiving categories, accounting for 23.7% of the team's targets, 27.5% of the catches, 29.0% of the receiving yards and 26.7% of the receiving TDs. Sanders' target share rose to 28.6% without Demaryius Thomas over the past 4 games. So there's a lot of meat on the bone for WRs Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick to pick. Sutton is easily the best target bet going forward and looks like a weekly WR3 with upside the rest of the way. Hamilton is worth adding in deeper leagues -- although it's getting late in the season to be rolling the dice on a guy like him.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders injured his left leg in Wednesday's practice. "Not putting any weight on his left leg. Not good," The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala tweeted. We'll update Sanders' status when we learn more, but he obviously appears to be in danger of missing this weekend's game against the 49ers. His absence would leave Courtland Sutton as Denver's #1 WR, with DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick behind him on the depth chart.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team believes Sanders tore his Achilles. That'd be a season-ending injury. We'll look for confirmation.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (heel) is not listed on the final injury report. He was added on Thursday as a limited practice participant and limited again on Friday. But being left off the final report means the heel isn’t a major concern. Sanders remains a rock-solid WR2.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders was added to the injury report on Thursday with a heel. He was limited in practice. We'll see whether this is more of a rest day or a real concern when Denver gets back to work tomorrow.
The forecast for today's Rams-Broncos game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. It sounds like much of the snow will come before kickoff, though, and winds will be just 5-10 mph. We're not altering our projections for this game.
WR Emmanuel Sanders has looked like "the best player on the field" early in Broncos training camp, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. The addition of rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton has "energized" Sanders, Palmer adds. Crappy QB play and an ankle injury sunk Sanders to a 60th-place PPR finish last year. But he ranked among the top 20 each of the previous 3 seasons. Healthy now and with a QB upgrade in Case Keenum, Sanders is capable of bouncing back into WR2 territory. He's a bargain at his current 7th-round, WR34 ADP.
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