ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. Denver Broncos wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, feels at home in Mike McCoy’s offense even though he never played for McCoy during his first stint as Denver’s Offensive Coordinator. That is a good thing. Sanders says that he “was fortunate enough to play in this offense in 2014, so some of the combinations I’m familiar with.”
For the record, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Virgil Green are the only remaining offensive members of McCoy’s first tenure. With a lot of conceptual carryover from when Adam Gase was promoted, it allows more guys to have some reps in the core of the system even if McCoy’s verbiage is slightly different. Sanders wouldn’t say that the offensive is complicated, “but as far as package and moving around, it’s a lot of different things. It’s not standing still. You have to be able to adjust on the fly.” It’s nice to visualize a non-stagnate and underperforming offense.
Sanders sees growth from second year, quarterback Paxton Lynch and doesn’t see, “that deer in the headlight(look) anymore and that 2016 starter Trevor Siemian is, “trying to fill in at that leadership role”, by “speaking up a lot more”. He adds that “both guys want the job”, and everybody else, “we’ll see how it goes.”
Entering his 8th year in the NFL and 4th in Denver, Sanders is impressed by both of the rookie wide outs, “I saw Isaiah McKenzie catch a slant and take it to the house. He’s explosive and Carlos Henderson is a great route-runner” while calling him a “technique guy”. Like the fan base, he’s interested in watching the offense grow once “everybody gets comfortable, it’ll be interesting to see what those guys can do.”
He gushed about the movement and packages contained in the McCoy system,
“We move so much. We have so many different formations and packages, that I’m going to play 50-50 in the slot at No. 3, No. 2, No. 1. It’s going to be hard for teams to double team me or double team Demaryius, or double team anyone.”
Look for a far more dynamic offense than what was drawn up over the past two years.
He tries to come out and “bounce to yourself”, in trying to pick the energy up. He states that, “once you’re able to forget about the pressure, and just enjoy and embrace the game”, and feels fortunate to have the job that he has.
What the full presser below.