"It felt good to come out here and see that these old legs still work and I can still get open and these hands can still catch footballs," said Sanders, smiling.
His legs might be recovering from an injury, but they remain spry. His quadriceps issue was a "minor setback," but little more, and the extent of his absence was in part preventative, a luxury that the preseason affords.
"I haven't been out here in a while so when I came out I was kind of nervous," said Sanders. "It's not that you doubt yourself. It's that you haven't caught passes. You ask yourself, do you remember the plays? Can you run the routes, can you do the same?"
He showed that he could. Sanders looked quick and sharp on his cuts. He exploded into his route off the snap. And he even found himself caught up in a mid-practice donnybrook; he hit the ground, but popped up and was none the worse for the wear.
Today's Five Thoughts starts with Sanders:
They had a stellar day together, and Sanders scored multiple touchdowns on a variety of underneath routes and quick outs. Making the plays more impressive was that they came without
"I know Peyton was happy for me to be out here," Sanders. "He texted me last night and told me that he would like me to be out here today practicing and catching balls, so it was fun."
Whether that continues Saturday is unknown.
"Hopefully I'll be playing on Saturday, but I'm not going to give it 100 percent right now," he said. "I'm going to go talk to the trainers and we're going to take it day by day."
2. For a second consecutive day, emotions percolated, with a pair of scuffles between the Broncos offense and the Texans defense. The first saw left guard
Shoves were exchanged. Punches were thrown. Sanders and a Texan tumbled to the ground. None of the combatants were worse for the wear.
"It just gets that way because they are all very competitive people," said Head Coach John Fox.
Perhaps the funniest moment was when backup tackle
"There was a lot happening there during one stretch, and a lot of different pockets of altercations," said Tamme, smiling. "I couldn't choose where to get involved.
"Three days in a row against a different team, you're going to have some stuff boil over eventually. Saturday will be a lot of fun.
4. Too many chances for takeaways slipped through or just beyond the defense's grasp. It was a positive sign that they were active and around the ball, but
"He's doing good. He's definitely developing," said left tackle