Raiders news: Free agent Emmanuel Sanders could suit receiver
June 1 was a new day for the Las Vegas Raiders. They now have about $20 million more in salary cap space to play with and add impact players. There are only veterans who are on the last stage of their career available on the market.
Raider Nation hopes Nkdamakong Suh or Dont’a Hightower will solidify the defense. The weakest part of this team in terms of talent is the defense, and the three-technique defensive tackle is not in a good position.
The wide receiver appears to be tuned, but there are still a few options that are upgrades from the current part. Odell Beckham Jr., of course, would be the bigger fish, but another player who fits the system is Emmanuel Sanders.
Sander is a superbowl champion with plenty of playoff experience. Last season with the Bills, he finished with 626 yards and four touchdowns on 14.9 yards per catch. He earns deeply even at this advanced age.
The former Buffalo Bill can make an impact with his knowledge of the system. He played Erhardt-Perkins during his time with the Denver Broncos and last season with the Bills. This makes Sanders a plug-and-play option that can help players like Hunter Renfrow learn the language faster.
He can be useful and add depth to the field if another receiver goes down. Here is an example below compared to the Kansas City Chiefs. Sanders runs down the road and gets deep from the cover. Josh Allen shoots a laser straight into the basket and leads to a touchdown.
The separation is also not a problem for Sanders. The Houston Texans are playing man-to-man coverage against the Bills, and Sanders is in a crisis. He does a great job selling the post road, getting out of the way quickly and making an easy throw and catch for Allen.
Sanders can still get a separation at 35. Quickly coming out of his break at the top of the rod after selling the position. Wide-open. pic.twitter.com/GgsEqDvURK
— Marcus Johnson (@TheMarcJohnNFL) June 1, 2022
With the defense needing some parts as upgrades, a cheaper option in attack would be the option over the pricey Beckham. Sanders can get the job done and play right away while becoming the fourth wide receiver for Derek Carr.
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