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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018


In a season to forget for the Denver Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders is having one of his best years.

His new quarterback, Case Keenum, gets a lot of the credit, but Sanders believes his new diet has been a huge factor as well. Sanders is suddenly a health nut.

"My body is like a Ferrari," Sanders said. "You're not going to put unleaded gas in a Ferrari. Yes, it's going to go fast, but it's not going to be at its top top speed."

Sanders' wife Gabriella also gets a lot of the credit for the new and improved Emmanuel.

"She's a really good cook, and we work together really well as a team," Sanders said. "I love cooking," Gabby said. "For me, it's therapeutic. So when he eats my food I enjoy watching him."

"I try to miss as little time as possible, but things happen and I take it upon myself to get back as quickly as I can," Freeman said. "But you miss it so much, especially when you're out."

It appears his football hiatus is nearing an end, however. Freeman returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant and head coach Vance Joseph is optimistic he'll be ready to play Sunday at the Chargers.

"(Freeman) looked OK. It wasn't perfect, but he wants to be out there," Joseph said. "If I'm a betting man, I'll bet on Royce that he plays Sunday."

Added Freeman: "I always listen to the (medical) staff and what they have for me. They've done a great job of helping me get back to where I am."

As much as Von Miller likes sacking quarterbacks, as much as he's done it as well as it can be done over the past nine seasons and as much as he likes spreading the gospel of how to do it to others who practice the craft, he has come away with one irrefutable fact about the whole process.

"You can't just wake up and get sacks," Miller said. "I mean, you can't just go out and say, 'I'm getting this many sacks today,' and go do it. It can be frustrating, and sometimes you're just going and going and you don't get there. But this is what I do. I know what it is ... I've just got to run over my guy. I've just got to run straight through him, put him on his back and get a sack. My job -- it's not like I'm a receiver. It's not like I've got to break at this route and catch the ball. I've just got to get there. I've just got to get there."

Following practice on Wednesday, Broncos quarterback Case Keenum accurately described the team's sense of urgency sitting with a 3-6 record.

"It's whatever-it-takes time," Keenum said. "It's hold-nothing-back time. It's fire-all-the-bullets-in-thechamber (time) – whatever cliché you want to use.

"It's time. I think, as a team (and) as an offense, that's where we're at."

Although Ray and Barrett are backups on paper, they're more than simply depth. So often they're used in the Broncos' pressure package — the NASCAR package — that features at least three of their edge rushers on the field together.

"It's funny because I feel like people just try to completely dismiss me because I got hurt. It's disrespectful for me," Ray said. "If you're talking about Denver Broncos pass rushers, and you're not talking about four guys, it's disrespectful. Period. Because me and Shaq could easily start anywhere in the league. We could go start anywhere in the league. Don't get it twisted.

"We take a lot of pride in it, me and Shaq especially, because we like to make sure teams know, when Von comes out or when Chubb is in or if I'm in or Shaq is in, it doesn't matter. We're all elite players and we're going to show you."