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Emmanuel Sanders

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #10
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #10
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Emmanuel Sanders News

Scores twice in blowout win

Sanders brought in five of six targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' 43-21 win over Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran wideout has proven to be a solid fit in Buffalo's offense thus far, as he'd come in with a 6-100 line through two games in which Buffalo's passing attack hadn't been emphasized. With Josh Allen exploding for his first big performance of the season Sunday, Sanders became a beneficiary, bringing in his first two scores as a Bill from 28 and five yards in the first and third quarters, respectively. Sanders still trailed the incumbent duo of Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in targets by a significant amount, but his pair of scores from different areas of the field were encouraging with respect to his improving chemistry with Allen. Sanders will look to build on the big day in a Week 4 home matchup versus the vulnerable Texans.

Sep 26, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Second in targets

Sanders hauled in two of six targets for 48 yards in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: The production is pretty empty and the misfires show the veteran is still getting his rhythm down with quarterback Josh Allen, but brighter days are certainly ahead for the Sanders in this high-powered offense. While he has a modest 100 yards and has yet to see the end zone through two games, he's also seen 14 targets already. Sanders' 50 snaps Sunday were second on the team behind Stefon Diggs.

Sep 20, 2021 10:03 PM EST

Cleared to play

Sanders (foot/veteran rest) doesn't carry a Week 2 injury designation after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: Sanders' absence from practice Thursday thus appears to have been maintenance-related, as he manages a foot issue that he played through during Buffalo's Week 1 loss to the Steelers, while logging 79 of a possible 85 snaps on offense, en route to catching four of his eight targets for 52 yards. Now that he's off the Bills' injury report, Sanders is in line to start along with Stefon Diggs Sunday against the Dolphins, while Cole Beasley serves as the team's primary slot option.

Sep 17, 2021 10:56 AM EST

Sits out Thursday's practice

Sanders (foot/veteran rest) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: Sanders was a full practice participant Wednesday and the fact that his Thursday absence was attributed to a combination of rest/foot issue, it appears as though the listing is maintenance-related. Friday's injury report will confirm whether Sanders approaches this weekend's game against the Dolphins carrying an injury designation. Heading into Week 1 action, Sanders was listed as questionable, but ended up suiting up this past Sunday, en route to catching four of his eight targets for 52 yards and logging 79 of a possible 85 snaps on offense.

Sep 16, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Set to play Week 1

Sanders (foot) is active Week 1 against the Steelers.

Analysis: Sanders logged a trio of limited practices this week and appeared to be trending toward an "active" status as of early Sunday morning. The veteran will be set to join a Bills receiving corps led by Stefon Diggs, and the unit will be going up against a Pittsburgh defense that allowed the third-fewest passing yards in the NFL in 2020.

Sep 12, 2021 8:31 AM EST

On track to play Sunday

Sanders (foot) is expected to play in Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport indicates that Buffalo's No. 2 receiver is trending toward active status, barring any unexpected setbacks. Fortunately for those considering Sanders in Week 1 lineups, the Bills kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. He's officially listed as questionable after being limited in practice this past week.

Sep 12, 2021 4:54 AM EST

Questionable for Week 1

Sanders (foot) will be limited at practice Friday and listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Fortunately for those considering Sanders in Week 1 lineups, the Bills kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. If the team's No. 2 receiver is limited or out this weekend, Gabriel Davis would be in line for added opportunities in a wideout corps headed by Stefon Diggs that also features slot man Cole Beasley.

Sep 10, 2021 8:23 AM EST

Listed as limited again

Sanders (foot) is listed as a limited participant for the second straight day Thursday on the team's estimated practice report.

Analysis: We'd be very surprised if the veteran receiver and No. 2 receiver is unable to suit up for his Bills debut against the Steelers, though a full practice Friday would give everyone rostering Sanders in Week 1 a little more comfortability in starting him.

Sep 9, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Limited Wednesday

Sanders was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a foot injury.

Analysis: This has been lingering for the veteran since the beginning of August and his limited participation Wednesday could be more health management at this point, as the Bills are prone to do, especially with senior players. We'll see if Sanders is able to practice fully Thursday or Friday, at which point he'll be a safe bet to make his Bills debut Sunday against the Steelers.

Sep 8, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Targeted eight times

Sanders caught four of eight targets for 27 yards in the first half of Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay.

Analysis: Stefon Diggs (knee) didn't play, and the Bills came out with a pass-heavy gameplan that allowed Josh Allen to throw 26 passes on three drives (including eight to Sanders, five to Gabriel Davis and five to Cole Beasley). The throws to Davis and Beasley were more productive Saturday afternoon, but it's nonetheless interesting to see how frequently Sanders was targeted. Of course, Diggs should be back for Week 1 against Pittsburgh, coming off a 2021 campaign with 29 percent target share and a league-high 1,535 receiving yards. Diggs is the sure thing, while the division of snaps/targets between Sanders, Davis and Beasley will need to be monitored throughout the year.

Aug 28, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Should make Buffalo debut Saturday

Sanders (foot) is likely to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Packers, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Signed as a free agent during the offseason to take over for departed stater John Brown, a foot injury has cost Sanders some time getting familiar with the high-powered Buffalo offense. With Josh Allen scheduled to play at least a series or two, we imagine coach Sean McDermott would like to see his veteran receiver get at least a lick of game action with his new quarterback ahead of the Week 1 opener against the Steelers. The Bills have stated they intend to give most of the starters some amount of game action Saturday.

Aug 27, 2021 10:01 PM EST

Not in line to play Saturday

Sanders (foot) is not in uniform for Saturday's preseason game against the Bears, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow key wideout Stefon Diggs, who is dealing with a knee issue. As far as Sanders is concerned, he's been managing a foot injury of late, per Matthew Fairburn and Joe Buscaglia of The Athleric, so it appears as though he's being held out Saturday for precautionary reasons.

Aug 21, 2021 9:39 AM EST

Back to practice

Sanders (foot) returned to practice Monday, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The veteran can now resume getting to work familiarizing himself with quarterback Josh Allen and a new offense. Sanders is bound to get plenty of looks during practice in the near term while Stefon Diggs rests a knee injury. Diggs, Cole Beasley, Sanders and Gabriel Davis are expected to form the Bills' main receiving corps this season.

Aug 9, 2021 5:59 PM EST

Misses Saturday's session

Sanders did not practice Saturday due to a foot injury, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Sanders reportedly practiced in limited fashion Friday, so perhaps the Bills are just managing the injury for a veteran player certain to make the team.

Aug 7, 2021 9:51 AM EST

Back in limited fashion

Sanders (foot) was able to do some positional work during Friday's practice, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: While this doesn't clear Sanders completely yet, it affirms this shouldn't be a serious injury and he should have plenty of time to get up to speed with his new teammates.

Aug 6, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Dealing with foot injury

Sanders missed Thursday's practice with a foot injury, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports that Sanders got hurt during the previous practice but then rejoined the session after a brief absence. He'll now miss at least one day, and likely more than that, though the injury doesn't sound too serious.

Aug 5, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Misses Thursday's practice

Sanders did not practice Thursday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sanders is thought to have twisted his ankle at the team's last practice Tuesday, but we won't find out until later if this absence is related.

Aug 5, 2021 9:08 AM EST

Joining Buffalo

Sanders agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Bills on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sanders will travel to Buffalo on Thursday to make this deal official. The 34-year-old wideout proved he still has something left in the tank last year, recording a 61-726-5 line across 14 games with the Saints. Sanders is slated to serve as the No. 2 outside wide receiver behind Stefon Diggs -- who led the league with 1,535 receiving yards last year -- in Buffalo. Cole Beasley (leg) should handle the slot reps while Gabriel Davis rotates in on the outside.

Mar 16, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Cut free by Saints

The Saints are releasing Sanders on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Sanders signed a two-year, $16 million contract last offseason, but for practical purposes he was being paid $10 million for a single season. He'll now become an unrestricted free agent again, after putting up 61/726/5 on 82 targets in 14 games. The soon-to-be 34-year-old hasn't reached 1,000 yards since 2016, but he still appears capable of starting in the NFL. Sanders could be a popular fallback option for WR-needy teams that miss out on Kenny Golladay and Will Fuller.

Mar 10, 2021 8:29 AM EST

Leads team in targets, receptions

Sanders hauled in six of nine targets for 48 yards in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran led the team in targets and receptions, but his short-yardage gains led to little production in the loss. After a mildly-productive first season in New Orleans, Sanders is set to return for at least one more year, where he should be a primary weapon in the passing game, no matter who is under center throwing him passes.

Jan 18, 2021 7:20 AM EST

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