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Horse Tracks: Emmanuel Sanders wants the Broncos’ offense to be number one in the league

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has high expectations for this season. He wants the team’s offense to be the league’s top-ranked attack.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The Denver Broncos struggled immensely on offense during their ho-hum 2016 campaign that left them a game short of the playoffs. It was the first time under the leadership of John Elway that the team had failed to make the postseason. The poor performance on that side of the ball, which ranked twenty-seventh in total yards and twenty-second in points scored was a primary reason for that.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is hoping that things change for the better this coming season and has set his sights high for the team’s offensive unit. His desire? For the Broncos’ offense to be the league’s top-ranked attack.

“Obviously, No. 1 offense. I want it to be an explosive offense. I think of the 2013 Broncos. If we could get there, or get three quarters of that, they went and broke records and scored points. Everybody across the league took notice—even the media—everybody,” stated Sanders.

That’s a tall order for Sanders and his teammates to accomplish, but one he and the rest of the offense are willing to take on full throttle. Sanders knows they can’t fall short like they did last year, and realizes that the team’s best best to return to the playoffs and be a well-rounded team is to have their play improve drastically.

“If we could get that along with knowing we have a good defense—if we can get an offense that’s explosive like that, we’ll be a dangerous team,” Sanders went on to add.

Truth be told, the Broncos don’t have to have the best offense in the league to be a dangerous team. If they can even improve to an above average unit, they should have the opportunity to win a lot of games — even with a tough schedule that pits them against a myriad of playoff teams from last season.

The recipe for success is rather simple. Better red zone production, higher efficiency on third downs and the ability to run the football will be integral for the offense in 2017. With the additions they made in free agency and the NFL Draft, that should be attainable and is much more reasonable to expect than believing they can become the NFL’s most prolific offense.

It’s unlikely that the Broncos offense will be comparable to the Star Wars offense of 2013 or be on par with more established units across the league, but Sanders’ desire and thirst for greatness as a unit is admirable. Now it’s time for him and the rest of his teammates to go out and make that happen.

As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.

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