Even though it was only a practice, Emmanuel Sanders is already enjoying his time with the Bills’ offense.
In his first game action of the preseason, Sanders caught four of his eight targets for 27 yards in Saturday’s win over the Packers, all of which came from a red-hot Josh Allen making his preseason debut.
Sanders’ short playing time was spent with Allen and the first-team offense, offering fans and the 34-year-old receiver a taste of what’s to come in 2021.
“It was fun. Practices don’t do it justice,” Sanders said, via Syracuse.com. “It was uptempo, no huddle, slinging the ball around. It was fun. … When the bullets were flying, I was kind of like, ‘What’s going on here?’ because we huddle up in practice and we go. But now, I see how it’s going to be. It’s going to be an exciting year for sure.”
Buffalo is hoping that the following season will be just as exciting as the 2020 campaign. The Bills concluded the season 13-3 and were one win away from reaching Super Bowl LV, led by Allen and a No. 2 rated offense led by Brian Daboll.
The Bills’ drive to build on arguably the best season in franchise history is evident based on how they performed in the preseason finale. Sanders, a Super Bowl champion who has appeared on the big stage twice, has a chance to help the club go over the hump now that he’s been baptized by a flurry of Allen passes.
Their journey to the ultimate aim begins on September 12 in Pittsburgh.
“I (needed) to get out there and play because practicing and the game are two different energies,” Sanders said. “Now I can take what I’ve learned from this preseason game in terms of the uptempo and how I need to control my breathing, just everything. … I can’t wait until that first game versus the Steelers.”