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New Orleans Saints 2020 season recap: Emmanuel Sanders

Saints wideout found chemistry with Drew Brees down the stretch

Emmanuel Sanders 2020 season analysis:

New Orleans Saints wideout Emmanuel Sanders hauled in 61 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns. Sanders brought championship experience to a team trying to get over the playoff hump the last few seasons. The veteran stepped up when New Orleans needed him most after star receiver Michael Thomas missed nine games in the regular season due to injury. During his Saints debut Week 1 against Tampa Bay, Sanders became the 70th player to catch a touchdown pass from franchise quarterback Drew Brees. Sanders recorded his longest reception of the season on a 51-yard strike from Brees in a shootout against the Kansas City Chiefs. In the NFC Divisional round against Tampa Bay, Sanders finished with six receptions for 48 yards, his highest totals in a postseason game since recording six receptions for 83 yards in Super Bowl 50, as a member of the Broncos.

Best game of Sanders' 2020 season:

Sanders' best performance of the season came in their Week 5 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Sanders posted a career-high 12 catches for 122 yards in the Saints' nail-biting 30-27 victory in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Best quote from Sanders' 2020 season:

"I think there are no really 'me' guys in the locker room. I think it's a lot of team guys. And I have been enjoying this locker room, we have a lot of different personalities. We've got some people that are quiet, and then when to talk to them you see that they're not so quiet. It's just, they stick to themselves. And then, you've got Cam Jordan who walks up to my locker every day and we're laughing and rolling, stomach hurting and telling jokes. And I got Craig Robertson next to me. And so, I've been having a good time with this entire locker room. I think that as far as personality-based, I don't know if they choose a certain personality. But, one thing I do know, all of this starts with Sean Payton and his personality. We've got a head coach who loves ball (and) loves calling plays. Legendary coach, in my opinion. But at the same time, he keeps it light as well, like every now and then, he'll come in and he'll crack a joke and he'll have everybody laughing and everybody rolling. And Sean (Payton), he works hard, but he also likes to have a good time too. So, I think that's just the energy. And not only that, that's the energy of this city as well. I've been fortunate enough to play in Pittsburgh, that's the blue collar city, right, like work hard. And then I went to Denver, and that was laid back, right, just chill. And then I went to San Fran and that's the tech capital. Now I am here in New Orleans, and I see the difference of the entire city affecting the team. And like I said, our head coach is doing the Griddy with a pair of Jordan 11s on. That is New Orleans, right? And, it just goes to show that, you know, how cool of a coach Sean Payton is. I can speak on that guy all day, but we all know what he's about."

Check out photos of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in action during the 2020 NFL season.

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