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Emmanuel Sanders Makes His Way Back from Injury to Start Against the Niners

It was a long road back, and it wasn’t easy, but finally Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders was back on the field Monday night, starting the team’s preseason game against the Niners.

Sanders appeared to address his playing status Monday morning with a tweet saying, “tonight I take the field with my teammates again.”

It will be the first on-field appearance for the 32-year-old since he was injured during the team’s week 13 game against the Bengals.

On December 5th his season was officially over after he sustained a torn Achilles.

The receiver did not take part in any of the offseason program and was limited to individual drills during the first part of training camp.

He slowly was able to make his way back, and things seemed to turn as he took part in a pair of practices against the 49ers on Friday and Saturday.

There’s hope that as things go he will be able to make it for the team’s season opener against the Raiders.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Broncos Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC West.

The longtime company picks the Chiefs to runaway with the division, going 14-2 and taking home the AFC Title, though they have them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

The Chargers are next in the West at 11-5, and then the Raiders and Broncos are both tied for 3rd and 4th at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton Make Up After Practice Fight

Like brothers, it didn’t take much for Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton to get over their practice scuffle, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

On Tuesday, the two SMU products spoke with the media together following their Monday dustup. The tandem said the fight was sparked by competitive spirts and is water under the bridge.

“It stands good. Obviously, we’re family,” Sanders said when asked where their relationship stands. “We went to the same school, grew up in the same area. It’s a miscommunication and that’s just what it is. At the end of the day, we’re back on the same page trying to be the best receivers in the world. Sometimes through failure is growth. And I feel like me and him have grown through this in terms of bringing that dog out even more and just ready to win and ready to tear it up.”

Added Sutton: “One-hundred percent, 100 percent. I think what Emmanuel said is right on point. We’re brothers at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Like he said, we went to the same school, this is a dude I look up to, a dude I’ve been watching for a long time, chasing his records, and getting here and following in his footsteps. All that (fighting) stuff is swept under the rug. We’re moving on to bigger and better things. We’re ready to win. And take this what we have here and keep going.”

The receivers got into a fight yesterday during practice in which water bottles were reportedly thrown.

The duo joked Tuesday that they’re going to put Round 2 on pay-per-view.

Broncos Ink Former Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick

The Broncos have officially signed former Lions running back Theo Riddick according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

The 28-year-old pass-catching back visited the Saints and Broncos after his release from the Lions but had trouble ginning up more interest.

Riddick has a reputation as a strong receiver, but he has been sub-replacement level two of the past three seasons, posting a 7.0 YPC or lower in both 2016 and 2018. And he offers very little as a runner between the tackles.

That said, Riddick might have found his best fit in Denver.

The Broncos have two terrific second-year backs in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman but thus far neither has emerged as a proficient pass catcher. The Riddick signing could mean that Devontae Booker’s spot on the final 53-man roster is in jeopardy.

Days Before Hall of Fame Enshrinement, ‘It’s Starting to Feel Real’ for Champ Bailey

Former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey looks ahead to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and previews what his emotions will be like this weekend in Canton, Ohio.

Recently Released Lions RB Theo Riddick to Visit the Broncos

Recently released Lions running back Theo Riddick is scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 28-year-old Riddick has already visited the Saints as he continues his training camp tour to rustle up a roster spot after his release by the Lions over the weekend after six seasons.

Almost exclusively a third-down back, it is possible Riddick can find a fit in Denver.

The Broncos have a dynamic yound duo at running back in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman but neither was particularly efficient in the passing game as rookies. Riddick caught 61 passes for 384 scoreless yards in 2018

Video: From the Ground up: The Story of the 2018 Denver Broncos

The 2018 Denver Broncos season was the franchise’s 49th season in the National Football League and their 59th overall.

Fangio Says Lock Not Close to Pushing Flacco for the Starting QB Spot

After rookie quarterback Drew Lock finished his first training camp practice Thursday afternoon, Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio made it clear he would not be threatening starter Joe Flacco’s status anytime soon according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

“He’s not a quarterback yet,” Fangio said. “He’s a hard-throwing pitcher who doesn’t know how to pitch yet.” It is a pretty blunt criticism of the rookie but a fair one. Lock displayed a hug arm during his four years at the University of Missouri but was inconsistent and at times struggled to complete routine touch throws. It is the primary reason he fell to the second round in the first place as he always figured to be a work in progress.

Ironically, it was much the same criticism leveled at Flacco when he came out of the University of Delaware as a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens way back in 2008. Things worked out pretty well for Flacco, as he ended up starting all 16 games his rookie season and eventually became a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and one of the highest-paid players at his position. Things may not move quite so quickly for Lock but he has all the physical and mental tools to be a very successful QB in the NFL.

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