Emmanuel Sanders comes over to New Orleans as a wide receiver that’s played in two Super Bowls, been to two Pro Bowls, and is a savvy veteran player with ten years of experience.
Saints haven’t ever had this good of a 1-2 punch at WR within the franchise’s existence. Sure they’ve had Graham and Cooks, or Cooks and Thomas. This combination is more groomed and consistent.
Sanders isn’t a deep threat that will get underused in the Saints offense, like Ginn or Cooks in years past. Sanders fits in perfectly for Drew Brees right now, which is pretty scary.
Teams definitely have to put double coverage on Michael Thomas. It doesn’t matter if Thomas can’t win over the top, Thomas can run every route, and his connection to Brees is the best in NFL history.
This forces teams to put their No. 2 corner on the quality No. 1 WR in Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders can get screens against No. 2 corners, under routes with less coverage against him, and he can run deep routes for Brees occasionally.
Sanders had over 850 receiving yards with an average Drew Lock and Jimmy Garappolo last season. In a Saints offense with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas taking away the attention, Sanders should get at least 1,000-1,200 receiving yards this year.