Emmanuel Sanders defended fellow Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, saying that it isn't fair to criticize Thomas for dropped passes, according to The Denver Post.

Though Thomas finished the year as Denver's top receiver with 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns, he also was tied for the third-most drops in the league with nine. 

“He does get a lot of criticism about drops and it’s not fair because everybody talks about his drops but everybody forget he got 1,300 yards this year,” Sanders said, according to The Denver Post. “Come on man, he’s got 1,300! Leave the man alone. Last year he got 1,600.”

Sanders noted that Thomas has played well despite high expectations of a new contract and the fact that his mother was recently released from prison. 

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Sanders had 1,135 yards receiving and six touchdowns this year.

The Broncos will face the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. 

– Daniel Hersh

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