Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders may face his toughest matchups in practice, not games.

Sanders and the Broncos are preparing for a bounce-back season after missing the playoffs last year, and he’s expected to operate as a key pillar of the offense.

In the meantime, Sanders is facing the Broncos’ star cornerback duo of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris in training camp, and believes competing with them helps improve his game.

“Every training camp, it’s me and Talib and me and Chris – we always go at it,” he said, according to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “That’s the ‘No Fly Zone,’ and guess what, I’ve got a jet, a private jet, I’m trying to fly. Sometimes they blow my plane out of the sky and sometimes I fly good. I look down on them like, ‘Hey, I’m flying up here, y’all can’t stop me.’ That’s the beauty. Those two are All-Pro cornerbacks and I’m blessed to go up against them every single day.”

Harris and Talib were arguably the two best cornerbacks in the NFL last season, and though Sanders is expected to play a major role, the Broncos’ defense will likely get the credit if Denver makes a deep playoff run this year.

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