The Denver Broncos were dealt a brutal blow on Wednesday to top wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. While Sanders has emerged as the team’s go-to wideout, they’ll now be down a key target in their push for a potential postseason berth. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed, the belief is that Sanders suffered a torn Achilles during practice.
It’s tough to hear for Sanders, who was on his way to a superb finish to the season. Through 12 games, the 31-year-old wideout had totaled 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns. He’s proven to be a reliable and favorite target for quarterback Case Keenum.
With fantasy football playoffs beginning this week for many, it means players will be sorting through the waiver wire in an attempt to find replacements. We’re going to look at the players on the Broncos roster most likely to pick up the additional workload after Sanders’ injury.
Top Broncos Wideouts Who’ll Replace Sanders
There’s no question that Courtland Sutton sees the biggest boost, as he’ll become the go-to target in the offense. With that said, he’ll also be asked to deal with more attention from opposing defenses in the process. Following the Broncos’ decision to trade Demaryius Sanders, it thrust Sutton into the spotlight and he’s been a bit hit-or-miss since.
But another key name to monitor is DaeSean Hamilton, the rookie out of Penn State. It’s expected to be an all-rookie pairing at receiver for the home stretch in Denver, but both of these players are primed for a big opportunity.
Source: Heavy Sports