New Orleans Saints: 3 reasons why you should love Emmanuel Sanders addition
Number Two: Reliability
Emmanuel Sanders is about as reliable as they come.
Sanders, 33, has almost always been available to play. Six of his ten seasons in the NFL thus far saw him playing every game for his team and Sanders has never missed more than five games in a season.
Sanders avoids controversy and is very much a “lunch pail” type of player who always shows up to compete and often times falls under the radar. In today’s NFL, you often see star wide receivers get frustrated when playing on a struggling team or playing with a quarterback who struggles to spread the ball around; take Stefon Diggs for example.
Until his time in San Francisco, Sanders has primarily been the number two wide receiver on teams so he would struggle to maintain a consistent flow of targets, having also played with several subpar quarterbacks.
Sanders remained humble and hardworking in Denver with the Broncos even after Peyton Manning retired. Sanders was forced to play in an offense with Trevor Siemian, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler in Denver but still proved he could be productive.
He will thrive in an offense that gives him one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in the history of the league, and he should succeed under Sean Payton‘s leadership as well. Sanders’ reliability gives the Saints a highly efficient receiver to pair alongside Michael Thomas for the next two years.