The Saints had a #2 wide receiver for the first time since Brandin Cooks.
The New Orleans Saints added some much-needed help at the wide receiver position when they signed Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year deal worth $16 million in March of 2020.
But Denver was where Sanders truly shined, racking up 418 catches for 5,361 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns on his way to two Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl victory in 2015.
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Sanders caught 61 passes for 726 yards and five touchdowns in 2020. His best game of the season came in their Week 5 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Sanders hauled in 12 of his 14 targets for 122 yards.
Sanders brought championship experience to a team trying to get over the playoff hump the last few seasons. The veteran stepped up when New Orleans needed him most after star Michael Thomas missed nine games in the regular season due to injury.
Although the Saints fell short of expectations, the post-Drew Brees era looks bright. New Orleans already has a more than capable receiving corps to complement whichever quarterback will take the helm next season barring any trades.
While no one could ever replace Brees, having Thomas, Sanders and running back Alvin Kamara can help keep offensive drives alive and allow Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston put up big numbers in 2021.
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