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John Elway and the Denver Broncos rocked Broncos Country with the news that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was being traded for essentially a fourth round pick to the Houston Texans on Tuesday prior to the NFL Trade Deadline.With Thomas Emmanuel Sanders Color Rush Jersey , 30, nearing the end of his contract and on the wrong side of 30, Elway decided there was value in dealing a player who will likely end up in the franchises Ring of Fame someday. That decision was partly due to the emergence of rookie standout Courtland Sutton who is quickly coming into this own after just eight games in the NFL.“I think that they’ve all—Courtland’s played very, very well,” Elway said when asked about Sutton. “Tim Patrick played very well last week. Emmanuel is obviously playing very well, too. We thought that this would give Courtland a chance to get out there, play more and become a bigger part of it because we think he’s ready to go. He’s played well up to this point in time. Hopefully this accelerates his maturity.”However, the player that sealed the deal and the decision to move on from Thomas came down to his partner in crime on the field, Emmanuel Sanders.“We leave Emmanuel out, he’s had a great year,” Elway said. “He’s played hard, he competes Gary Zimmerman Jersey , he’s tough and a great competitor. What he’s done has also made this decision easier.”Sanders, 31, is the real star in 2018. He has three 100-yard receiving games so far this season and has amassed 50 receptions for 660 yards and 3 touchdowns in eight games this year. Easily eclipsing Thomas’ production of 36 receptions for 402 yards and three scores. Rookie Sutton, already has 17 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns this season and figures to see his role expand exponentially moving forward. Hopefully it translates to more production on the field for the Broncos offense as reps will now be more evened out among a core of starters. When the Texans lost their first three games of the season, their coach didn’t panic. Now that they’ve now won five in a row, their coach isn’t celebrating. 鈥淚 know it鈥檚 five in a row, it鈥檚 really good, like I鈥檓 not trying to downplay that, but it鈥檚 only eight games in,” Bill O’Brien told reporters after Thursday’s 42-23 win over the Dolphins. “Nothing鈥檚 been determined, so what have you done? You guys know, it鈥檚 a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. So https://www.broncosfanstore.com/Garett-Bolles-Jersey , we鈥檝e got to watch this, correct, figure out what鈥檚 going on health-wise, . . . and then start getting ready for Denver.鈥漁’Brien, who seems to be exuding that “don’t congratulate me; we haven’t done anything yet” vibe in the photo with Texans exec Cal McNair, is absolutely right. But the Texans should at least take a moment to feel pride in the fact that they’ve matched a team record with five straight wins, and that five wins in a row ties the record for the second-best recovery after an 0-3 start in the Super Bowl era.But O’Brien’s message remains an important one, and it sounds like his team leaders are heeding it. “Of course there鈥檚 a lot of panic when you start 0-3, but we have a lot of guys who have been through a lot of adversity, whether it鈥檚 in their life or in injuries, whatever it may be, we have guys who鈥檝e been through stuff Jake Butt Color Rush Jersey ,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “They know what it鈥檚 like to be down and out and they know what it鈥檚 like to fight back. Nobody was really panicking, we just knew that we had work to do and we had to play better and we started to do that. Now, we鈥檙e nowhere near where we need to be. We鈥檙e only halfway through the season, so we need to keep it going. But if we continue to work the way we work during the week, if we continue to play together and have fun, let it loose, we can definitely do some great things but we just have to take it one day at a time, which how we got here from an 0-3 start.”The Texans will get a chance to stretch their winning streak to six games in nine days, against a Broncos team that likely will be 3-5 (barring an upset of the Chiefs) and desperate to avoid falling to 3-6.
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