ENGLEWOOD—Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, the Denver Broncos’ top two receivers, want more passes thrown their way.
Thomas and Sanders are the Broncos’ No. 1 and 2 best offensive players, in that order. Sanders ($13.25 million) and Thomas ($13 million) are the Broncos’ No. 1 and 2 highest-paid offensive players, in that order.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak hears them. Understands them. Said he has no problem with them airing their grievances.
“I sit up there many nights trying to get them the ball,” Kubiak said. “They’re great players. I love them. They’re workers. You want guys that want the ball. That’s what you want. I had a chance to be around Jerry Rice, Andre Johnson and Steve Smith. Those good ones want to get their hands on the ball. These two kids (Thomas and Sanders) work really hard. Obviously, I respect the hell out of them. I try to give them the ball the best I can. These two guys work. That’s what I like about them.”
Virgil still out
Once again, starting tight end Virgil Green missed practice Thursday because of a strained left calf. That means John Phillips, a seven-year veteran who has mostly been a No. 2, and Jeff Heuerman, who has yet to take an NFL snap, will likely be the Broncos only tight ends this Sunday against Cincinnati.
Broncos center Matt Paradis has been rated as the NFL’s best at his position each of the first two weeks by Pro Football Focus.
“I heard about it,’’ Paradis said. “Don’t know what to say about that. I appreciate it but it’s still about us improving as an offense and a team.’’
Still, it’s better to get positive reviews than negative. Not that either will mean much Sunday when he’s lined up against the likes of Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Domata Peko this Sunday.
“Good players,’’ Paradis said. “Still have to go play.’’
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