Sanders Replaces Julio Jones In Pro Bowl

Julio Jones will not make it to the Pro Bowl this year. Emmanuel Sanders will replace him, giving the Broncos 10 Pro Bowl players, tying the franchise record.

Emmanuel Sanders has been notified that he is now a Pro Bowler, after Julio Jones bowed out of the NFL All-Star game in Glendale, AZ. That means the Broncos will send 10 players to the Pro Bowl, tying the franchise record (1998).

Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Ryan Clady, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr round out the original 9.

Sanders was acquired via free agency this past March by way of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He immediately stepped into the No. 2 receiver role, vacated by the departed Eric Decker.

It didn't take him long to get into a groove with Peyton Manning and build a productive chemistry and rapport on the grid-iron.

His speed gave the Broncos offensive attack a new element but where he made his biggest impact was in making the tough catches in traffic.

Sanders finished the year with career highs across the board; 101 receptions, 1,404 yards and 9 touchdowns. And he's under contract for another two seasons.

Sanders represents the fourth Broncos free agent acquisition to be named to the Pro Bowl this year, making the Broncos one of two teams in the history of the NFL (1996 Carolina) to sign four players who made the Pro Bowl in their first year with a team (Sanders, CB Talib, S Ward, DE Ware).

Congratulations to the man known in Broncos Country as "He-Manuel Sanders" for making his first Pro Bowl.

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