Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders admitted his excitement to get to work with new quarterback Case Keenum.
The Broncos are expected to announce later today that Keenum will sign a two-year deal worth in the region of $36 million and Sanders had plenty of praise for his fellow Texan on Polumbus and Lindahl on Orange & Blue 760.
“I’m from Houston, so I’ve been following him ever since he was in college,” Sanders said.
“The dude was lighting it up on the national stage and a lot of people weren’t really paying too much attention to him, but when he was quarterback of the Houston Cougars there was no better offense.
“When I heard we got him I went back and watched some of his highlights when he played with the Rams and the Vikings, I saw a guy that could deliver the football, could stand up in there, very pocket aware.
“I feel like he’s not one of those 6-5 guys so a lot of people don’t pay much attention to him because he’s 6-1.
“He’s got all the intangibles to deliver the football and get the football to the open guys so I’m excited to have him in the building, excited to start working.”
Sanders also revealed his confidence was shot during a difficult 2017 season as he battled injury and the Broncos rotated through three quarterbacks as they spluttered to a disappointing 5-11 finish.
The eight-year veteran started 11 games and ended the season with just two touchdown receptions and 555 yards receiving from 47 catches off 92 targets, by far his worst season since 2011 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The decision to draft Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft led to uncertainty as the Broncos began training camp with a quarterback battle for two successive seasons, won both times by Trevor Siemian.
But going into his fifth year in Denver, Sanders is ready to get together with Keenum, and his fellow wide receivers, for a summer passing camp in Houston.
“My confidence is definitely shot and I didn’t even know it was shot until a couple days ago and just thinking about the past three years and all the quarterback controversies I’ve been dealing with since I came to Denver,” he added.
“It’s definitely going to be good to go out there and grow with a guy, try to get on the same page.
“Case, hopefully he’s out here in Houston, he’s training. Demaryius [Thomas] can come out here and stay, get the wide receivers out here and really focus and hone in on just one quarterback instead of saying I would hit this quarterback up, but I don’t want to hurt the other quarterback. It’s a lot of chaos that goes along with quarterback battles.
“I’m glad that’s in the rearview mirror and now we can just focus and go out and say ‘Case is our guy, we know Case is our guy, and now let’s work to be the best that we can possibly be.'”
Listen to Emmanuel Sanders give his full thoughts on new Broncos quarterback Case Keenum and what he thinks the Broncos should do to improve at wide receiver and tight end in 2018: