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Why Emmanuel Sanders was bound to be a Buffalo Bill


Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will enter his 12th season in the NFL this year. The veteran has played in three Super Bowls and won one, caught passes from a first ballot Hall of Famer, coached up several young wide receivers and is on his fifth team. He's had a long, successful career, but don't let that get you fooled because he comes to Buffalo with gas in the tank and winning on his mind.

"I'm here to try to win a Super Bowl just like every team in the NFL is trying to win a Super Bowl," Sanders said.

The two-time Pro Bowler isn't trying to come to Buffalo and shake things up with his presence. He understands it's already a well-oiled machine and wants to bring his knowledge to help add to the team's success from last year.

"They were in the AFC championship last year," Sanders exclaimed. "This is already a great organization, they already have everything Buffalo needs. I just want to come in and just bring positive energy for one and bring my work ethic."

Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have known about Sanders' work ethic for years. It's one of the reasons why they've tried multiple times to get him in Buffalo. 

Beane admitted the Bills looked into Sanders last year, but it didn't work out. Even though he wasn't on the team, Sanders spent his off days watching film of his future team.

"I would grab my iPad and I would watch the Buffalo Bills offense on my iPad, the coaches film," Sanders said. "Just watch the routes they're running, seeing Josh [Allen] run around, rip the ball 60 yards down the field or 50 yards down the field. It was just exciting to watch. 

"It's a reason why everybody's starting to talk about the Bills because they're gaining traction. It's quite fun to watch and it's one of the reasons why I joined."

Another thing that pulled him to Western New York was his former college teammate from SMU, Cole Beasley.

"I'm going into my 12th year and I'm playing with one of my college teammates," Sanders said with a laugh. "What is the  coincidence of that, right? It's just amazing. Me and Cole, we trained together and we grinded together at SMU. We played in a lot of good games and had a lot a lot of yards together. To be to be back together, it means a lot."

What Beasley has shared with Sanders has also meant a lot. Sanders has been in Buffalo for only a day and he already has the passion to take the Bills where they haven't been before.

"He told me there's never been a championship in Buffalo," Sanders said about his conversation with Beasley. "That literally made my heart smile because I said I would love to see the faces of these people if we can bring a championship Buffalo. If I could accomplish that, that'd be amazing. 

"It's like one of my dreams now after he told me that. To do that alongside Cole, that'd be amazing."

Sanders was fortunate enough to win Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. He's caught passes from three of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks - Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger.

The wide receiver said he sees a little bit of Big Ben in Allen based off the fact that you can never think a play is over. He's looking forward to building chemistry with his new quarterback.

"Based off his stats last year and the way he was dissecting defenses and handling his business, if he stays on that path, he's going to have one hell of a career," Sanders said. "I'm excited to be a part of it, a part of the process and being able to grow with him, be in this offense with him and play alongside him this year. Let's see what we can accomplish."

Based on how Buffalo used their wide receivers last season, it's a wide out's dream to be a part of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's offense. Sanders said after one conversation with Daboll, he already knows it will be someone he enjoys playing for.

"I was really blown away by just how he's taking this offense and putting certain things in certain routes, certain different types of ways, certain option routes and different stuff," Sanders said of Daboll's offense. "The way he uses Beasley, the way he uses Diggs, the way he uses Josh. That's what really got me excited, just working for a guy like that."

Sanders is itching to get on the practice field to compete and work on his chemistry with his new teammates. Coming off of a 726-yard season at the age of 34, he feels like this is the right place for him to help a team win. Maybe the stars have aligned for a fourth Super Bowl appearance with an old teammate repping the colors he loves.

"It's something about that red and blue," Sanders said about his new love for the Bills uniforms. "I went to SMU and to have Cole [Beasley] in the same receiver room with me, to have a great offensive coordinator and a great quarterback, Bills Mafia and a great fan base. It's a blessing and you definitely can't take it for granted."

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