1. Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders
UPDATE: Sanders has since been traded to the 49ers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
When Davante Adams went down, Emmanuel Sanders‘ name was popping up all over on Packers Twitter. Without Adams, the only receivers on the roster with any meaningful playing time were Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and MVS is just in his second year. But, with the way he and the other receivers have been playing as of late, it seems maybe the Packers front office won’t be so quick to pull the trigger on acquiring a veteran receiver.
While it’s nice that the Packers are getting some production out of these backup receivers, I’m not sure how sustainable it is. Rodgers won’t be able to play at the level he did on Sunday for the rest of the season. He’s going to need some help.
Should the Packers decide to bring in a veteran receiver, Emmanuel Sanders makes all the sense in the world. He’s on the last year of his contract but is still having a productive season in Denver, catching 30 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns, and that’s with Joe Flacco under center. He could do very well by joining Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and bridge the gap until Adams is ready to return.
He will also provide that nice veteran presence in this young receiving group. We’ve all seen how the Smiths have brought veteran leadership to the defense. Maybe this young offense could get a little bit of that from a guy like Sanders, who is in his 10th year in the NFL.