ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders certainly have been involved in the Denver Broncos‘ offense this season.

The Broncos would like for them to advance a level beyond that, however.

Thomas has been targeted 30 times and Sanders 34 times in four games. No other player on the roster has more than 16 targets.

But the Broncos’ top two receivers have combined for two touchdown receptions in four games — both by Sanders.

They have received plenty of attention from opposing defenses — so much so, that even as the Broncos pound away with the league’s No. 3 rushing attack at 143 yards per game, those defenses have continued to keep extra players in coverage, essentially deciding they’d rather take their chances against the Broncos’ running backs rather than let Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemianpick away at them with Thomas and Sanders in full flight.

Or as coach Vance Joseph has put it: “When you’re facing a lot of Cover 2 or shell coverage, No. 88 [Thomas] and No. 10 [Sanders] are really taken out of the ballgame.”

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