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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Football

Watch: Emmanuel Sanders has made impressive recovery from torn Achilles

Emmanuel Sanders suffered one of the toughest injuries in sports roughly seven months ago, and the Denver Broncos wide receiver appears to have had a very speedy recovery.

The Broncos opened training camp on Wednesday, and president of football operations John Elway told reporters this week that Sanders would be “worked in slowly.” That’s a smart approach to take, but NFL Network’s James Palmer expects Sanders to have no limitations within a few weeks. Check out this video of the 32-year-old going through some agility drills at Thursday’s practice:

Again, this is a 32-year-old player who is just seven months removed from tearing his Achilles. Some guys take close to a full year to recover from that type of injury, and it is especially difficult for a receiver who needs to be explosive and make sharp cuts.

Sanders caught 71 passes for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last season, and he is still expected to be a huge part of Denver’s offense with Joe Flacco under center. There was some talk earlier in the offseason about the Broncos potentially asking him to take a pay cut from the $10.25 million he is scheduled to make in 2019, but you can see why they didn’t do that. Sanders appears to be ahead of schedule.

Peyton Manning won’t rule out working in NFL front office

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning has been highly sought after for a variety of jobs since he retired from playing, and working as a front office executive is one of them. While the future Hall of Famer is not considering that career path at the moment, he sounds like he could be open to it down the road.

TMZ caught up with Manning in Beverly Hills this week, and the first question he was asked is “when are you going to start running a team?” He hesitated at first, but he stopped short of ruling it out.

“I kind of like being a fan. It’s just fun to be a football fan,” Manning said. “I get to go to a lot of games, see the Broncos play, see the Colts play, see the Giants play. I’m kind of enjoying doing that part of it right now, so we’ll see.”

Manning has already been linked to multiple front office openings with teams, and many believe he will eventually try to take the same path John Elway took after he retired. He could also have his pick of TV jobs, though he recently indicated he may never get into that line of work.

Whatever he decides to do, Manning will find suitors. Even if he has no front office experience, he has been around football long enough and is a big enough influence that numerous teams would love to have him.

Tom Brady shares funny horse riding video while on vacation

Tom Brady

Tom Brady has been spending some quality time this month with his family in Costa Rica, but his social media game remains on point.

Brady and his two sons, Jack and Benjamin, did some horseback riding this week. Being the creative mastermind that he (or his social media manager) is, Brady saw that as an opportunity to give another shoutout to what appears to be one of his favorite songs, “Old Town Road.”

As you can see, Brady was also clearing brush away with a large knife. When a Twitter follower asked him if it was a machete, the six-time Super Bowl champion said he never leaves home without it.

If you remember, Brady gave Lil Nas X — the artist behind “Old Town Road” — a nice shoutout earlier this offseason. That song may be played out, but it’s clearly still Brady’s jam.

Report: Broncos finally sign second-round pick Drew Lock

Drew Lock

The Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a training camp holdout with their second-round pick.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Broncos finally agreed to terms with quarterback Drew Lock on Wednesday, the day of the official start of training camp.

Reports indicated that Lock, the No. 42 pick in April’s draft, had been seeking a quarterback premium and threatened to not report to camp on time in order to get it.

It’s a rather inauspicious start to Lock’s NFL career. The Broncos like him and view him as a project for the future, but it sounds like the former Missouri quarterback wasn’t interested in being paid like a project. Ultimately, he’ll be in camp as scheduled, likely backing up newly-acquired veteran Joe Flacco.

Peyton Manning has high praise for Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes

It’s fair to say Peyton Manning is a big fan of one of the NFL’s great young quarterbacks.

Manning spoke to NBC Sports’ Peter King for “The Peter King Podcast,” opening up about Kansas City Chiefs sensation Patrick Mahomes. It’s safe to say Manning was impressed, even comparing Mahomes to Denver Broncos great John Elway.

“I think some of the ability to sprint left, throw back right, he’s got a little Elway in him,” Manning said. “Elway was kind of famous for that. The Broncos actually started designing plays to sprint left and throw back right. Mahomes is still improvising.”

It’s kind of funny to see Mahomes getting Elway comparisons when Elway himself is searching for the next great Broncos quarterback in the same division. Regardless, Manning’s assessment reinforces what most already think: Mahomes is a special talent who will be entertaining NFL fans for years to come.

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial nominated for Emmy

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick was at the center of a Nike ad spot that became extremely popular after airing at the start of the NFL season last year, and the commercial has been nominated to win a 2019 Emmy.

The 2019 Emmy nominations were announced on Tuesday, and Nike’s “Dream Crazy” ad has an opportunity to take home the award for Outstanding Commercial. The Nike ad, which is narrated by Kaepernick, also features sports icons Serena Williams, LeBron James and Shaquem Griffin. You can see it below:

Nike received plenty of backlash last year for using Kaepernick to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan, but the social media numbers indicated it was a smart move. An Emmy nomination doesn’t hurt, either.

Emmanuel Sanders hoping to be ready for Week 1

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suffered a torn Achilles late last season, but he is hoping to be fully cleared in time for Week 1.

Sanders admitted on Tuesday that he will “definitely not” be a full participant when training camp begins on Thursday, and he said the team will instead work him back into the mix gradually.

A torn Achilles is one of the most difficult injuries to come back from, so being ready for Week 1 would be a huge testament to the hard work Sanders has put in this offseason. The 32-year-old, who is still expected to be an important part of Denver’s offense with new quarterback Joe Flacco, caught 71 passes for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last season.

There was some talk earlier in the offseason about the Broncos potentially asking Sanders to take a pay cut from the $10.25 million he is scheduled to make in 2019, but they did not do that. That may be a positive sign for how his rehab is coming.