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Why Emmanuel Sanders has high hopes for Gabriel Davis and Josh Allen in 2022

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Emmanuel Sanders (1), Gabriel Davis (13), Josh Allen (17). Buffalo Bills Organized Team Activity. June 1, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

Emmanuel Sanders joined the breakfast table Monday morning and was a co-host on Good Morning Football on NFL Network. Along with talking about other NFL topics, Sanders was on the Bills bandwagon throughout the show.

When Josh Allen came up, Sanders couldn't hold back. Even though the Super Bowl champion wide receiver has played with elite quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees, after just one season with Allen, he's at the top of his list.

"I played with so many great quarterbacks, and this guy right here, he always pops up in the front of my mind," Sanders said. "He's just so dynamic. The way he throws deep, gets linemen off of him, just the way he spins the football, and just the way he attacks the game.

"And so, the reason why I'm in is also that guy right there, Gabriel Davis. This guy is a difference-maker, and he's a playmaker. The reason why Josh is gonna have an incredible season is because that guy (Davis) is gonna have an incredible season. Along with Dawson Knox and along with a guy by the name of Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder. He has all these weapons around him."

Throughout the morning, Sanders also spoke highly of the Bills' third-year wide receiver Gabriel Davis.

"This guy to me, I've been around a lot of good receivers, but (Davis) is a Pro Bowl-caliber type player," Sanders added. "The way he attacks the football, you give him an opportunity to start and think about what he did in the Kansas City Chiefs game, right? Think about what he did. … He's going to have a breakout year, he's a Pro Bowl-caliber player. I've been around a lot of good receivers Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, and Michael Thomas. This guy is different and he's gonna be a difference-maker for them."

Davis's four-touchdown performance in the 2021 Divisional playoff game is something that shouldn't be forgotten. Sanders talked about the tough moments after the heartbreaking defeat to the Chiefs and how the players just sat in silence for five minutes. Sanders broke the silence and told the guys that even though it felt like a bad dream, the reality was that they had to go home. He told his teammates that they were a part of one of the best playoff games in NFL history and said something special to Josh Allen.

"I told Josh, I said, 'you have nothing to hang your head-on,'" Sanders shared. "'It sucks. But I promise you that the Buffalo Bills will have a Super Bowl at some point.' And the last time I spoke to him the last thing I said … 'I'll see you next year after you win the Super Bowl' and I believe it. He tried to get me to come back and I'm like, 'Man, my knees, and everything, I don't know,' but I believe Josh Allen will definitely win the MVP."

As of Monday, Sanders is still taking the time to decide what the plan is with his NFL future.

"It's tough because, for me, I just want to make sure that I'm passionate," Sanders said. "I don't want to cheat myself and I don't want to cheat a team. So, I'm just trying to figure it out. I'm still working out but I'm trying to figure out if I want to do it. I don't want to just jump into something and chase after some money. For me, hold myself to a standard in which I want to produce and which I want to give a team."

Later in the show, they went around the table and picked their best under-the-radar offseason move. Sanders particularly liked an offensive player that the Bills had brought in.

"Jamison Crowder, that's who I'm going with," Sanders replied. "He was a Jet and every single time I watch this guy play, he makes play after play after play. But the thing is you have to be around guys. And now he has Josh Allen, he has a quarterback, he has a guy that can give him the ball.

"To me, it's under the radar. Who is a pickup that nobody even knows about? Nobody even knows Jamison Crowder is going to be with the Buffalo Bills. But you get him, Josh Allen, the Bills are going to be primetime all the time and this guy's gonna be making plays and everybody's gonna be asking who is that guy?"

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