Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has just 190 yards and two touchdowns on the year. Fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas has 247 yards and hasn’t scored at all.
The Broncos’ run game has flourished, but the passing game just isn’t there most of the time. Some point to problems with the offensive line or quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Sanders doesn’t see it that way. He thinks that teams are so scared of him and Thomas that they’re choosing to let the Broncos run in order to focus on stopping the pass.
“Me and Demaryius and the entire wide receiver crew, we know that when we get our opportunities, we have to make the most of it,” Sanders said, per Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post. “Obviously, teams are playing us to say, ‘Hey, run the ball — we’re not going to let the receivers beat us. As frustrating as it is, you can’t be frustrated when you win. We’re trying to score points any way we can. There’s only one football out there, and we’ve got two of the best wide receivers in the league. Everybody knows that. I think we’ve efficiently moved the ball up and down the field in the first four weeks of the season with balance in everything we do.”
Receivers are often annoyed by a lack of production, but Sanders seems to understand it. As he said, it’s hard to be mad when the team is winning. His goal remains simple: Get back to the Super Bowl. No matter how they do it.
“I’ve been on two Super Bowl teams, and in the months of December and January, you’ve got to be able to run the football because of the weather conditions,” Sanders added. “That’s just smashmouth football.”
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