Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
For the first time in a long time, the Tennessee Titans have what seems to be a solid staple of talented players at the wide receiver position. With that being said, there are still questions that need to be answered. Even with OC Matt LaFleur set to open up the offense to suit Marcus Mariota’s strengths, the players in this position group need to take that next step as a unit to help their quarterback and this offense bounce back after an ugly 2016 campaign.
If this team is serious about putting their quarterback in the best position to succeed, Robinson should take a long hard look at current Denver Broncos pass-catcher Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders has a cap hit of over $10 million this upcoming season, and the team would save around half of that if they were to part ways with the eight-year pro. What makes this roster move likely is that the Broncos would save upwards of $8 million if they designated him as a post-June 1st cut.
It’s obvious Mariota can put up huge numbers in the quick and intermediate passing game with his ability to dissect coverages paired with an ultra quick release. It only makes sense to give him a player who can take those kinds of passes and turn them into huge gains.
Preferably, this offense should have players like Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor, and Rishard Matthews attacking down the field with Delanie Walker eating up everything underneath. But not many defenses are worried about those wide receivers making explosive plays on a consistent basis (despite showing they’re capable). Adding a weapon like Sanders, who’s known around the league as a serious matchup problem, will take attention away from those players, putting them in position to hopefully take advantage of weaker coverage.
If Sanders has the ability to put up over 1,000 yards receiving with Trevor Siemain as his quarterback, I’m more than confident he could top that playing in Nashville with Mariota.