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    Emmanuel Sanders is still recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained Aug. 6. When he returns, likely this week, he could add another job to his growing resume with the Broncos: punt returner.

    Sanders was in the conversation to return punts when training camp opened, but the idea seemed to fade after a couple days of drill work in practices.

    Omar Bolden was named the team’s leading returner on both kickoffs and punts, but his experience is more with the former. And after three preseason games, the Broncos are averaging a league-worst 1.7 yards per punt return and are tied for a league-leading three fumbles.

    “I’m concerned the way we’re handling the ball. That’s the biggest thing,” coach Gary Kubiak said after Saturday’s win over the 49ers. “Omar can make some big plays, but we haven’t handled the ball very well. We’ve put the ball on the ground the first punt return, if I’m correct, and fumbled another one. Obviously, we’ve got to settle down there. Emmanuel’s very capable and could be a great, great punt returner. We have to get him back. Obviously, protecting the ball is of the utmost importance.”

    Sanders ran routes at full speed before Saturday’s game, a positive sign after missing more than three weeks. He isn’t expected to play in the final preseason game, at home against the Cardinals on Thursday, but the team hopes to have him back on the field this week.

    “Had it have been a regular season game, I think Emmanuel would have been very close to playing or pushed to play,” Kubiak said. “But we’re right on schedule to where we want to be.”

    Whether Sanders is on pace to return punts, too, remains to be seen.





    I don't like this idea at all. I think he is way to important to our offense and this is a good way to get him hurt.
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    I feel the same way. He's already had a concussion, and if he goes down we have a really inexperienced #2 and #3 behind DT.
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    • #3
      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! !!!! Did I make my opinion on this clear? Not a good idea whatsoever.
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      • #4
        That would be a very poor decisions IMO, he is too valuable as a wide receiver to be that exposed.
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        • #5
          That's flat out a dumb idea. This offense needs Sanders more than ever.
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          • #6
            OK lets set this straight......


            Sanders should not return punts!!!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CanDB View Post
              OK lets set this straight......


              Sanders should not return punts!!!!!
              Um, you weren't clear Can. Should Sanders return punts or no?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by CanDB View Post
                OK lets set this straight......


                Sanders should NOT return punts!!!!!
                Fixed that for ya!
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                • #9
                  Not a bad idea. Not my favorite, but not bad.
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                  • #10
                    Antonio Brown returns punts for the Steelers, I see no issue with this. In his career, Sanders has returned 17 punts for an average of 10.9 yards per return and has 2 returns of 20+ yards and 1 of 40+ yards, only 1 fumble.

                    He's also returned 44 kickoffs for an average of 24.3 yards with 2 fumbles, both during his rookie year.

                    I think this is actually a pretty good idea, unless they can get an actual return specialist after cutdowns.

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                    • #11
                      The #2 WR in this offense is not as important as it was last year. Some could even make the point that Latimer would be a more valuable #2 WR because of aggressiveness and strength in the run game.
                      A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by crash123go View Post
                        Some could even make the point that Latimer would be a more valuable #2 WR because of aggressiveness and strength in the run game.


                        Coach Gary Kubiak suggested the Broncos were expecting more year-two development from WR Cody Latimer.

                        Keep in mind these comments were made before Latimer's rough third preseason game where he dropped an easy TD and frustrated Peyton Manning by running the wrong route. Teammate Demaryius Thomas hinted Latimer is showing up in practice, but it's not translating to games. "You just want to see him making plays," said Kubiak. "He's a hard worker. He does the right thing. He's in the right place, but it's time for him to start making plays on the ball, coming up with big plays."
                        Kubiak let Latimer play with the starters to see we could get something out of the 2nd-round pick, but I won't be surprised if Latimer takes a backseat to Caldwell in the regular season. Soon the games will be for real and Manning has better chemistry with Caldwell.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Roddoliver View Post
                          http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/9535/cody-latimer



                          Kubiak let Latimer play with the starters to see we could get something out of the 2nd-round pick, but I won't be surprised if Latimer takes a backseat to Caldwell in the regular season. Soon the games will be for real and Manning has better chemistry with Caldwell.
                          Manning and Caldwell aren't the future so why should we worry about their chemistry. Latimer is by far more talented so why sit him and hurt his development?
                          A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by crash123go View Post
                            Manning and Caldwell aren't the future so why should we worry about their chemistry. Latimer is by far more talented so why sit him and hurt his development?
                            Kubiak needs to win games and a contender with four consecutive division titles will worry about the "here and now" in the regular season, not the future. A clear example is the signing of Evan Mathis even when Garcia has shown he is the future. Like it or not, Caldwell will make this team and Manning will be his QB. I'm not sure Latimer has done enough to earn Manning and Kubiak's trust this season. The Broncos will probably be more open to sacrificing the present to develop the future after Manning is gone.
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                            • #15
                              If Latimer steps his game up then,
                              I would like to see:

                              WR 1:Thomas (Fowler)
                              WR 2: Latimer (Palmer)
                              Slot/PR: Sanders (Norwood)

                              Assuming we keep 6 WRs

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