Told he would be returning punts Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, assuming the role four games into the regular season, the rookie from South Carolina responded intuitively.
“Let’s go,” he said.
And indeed he will.
Sanders, a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft from South Carolina, started at wide receiver for the Jaguars in the first three games of the regular season, but Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley confirmed on Friday that he will indeed return punts against the Colts Sunday.
“He’s going to be our punt returner,” Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (0-3) prepared to play the Colts (2-1) at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
“I’m pretty excited,” said Sanders, who has 10 receptions for 103 yards as a receiver this season. “It’s another opportunity to get the ball in my hands, and to try to make a big play for the team. I’m just excited.”
Sanders will take on the dual role with the Jaguars already thin at the receiver position.
The Jaguars’ receiving corps Sunday under that scenario would be
“We’ll monitor him as the game goes on but he appears to be really good right now,” Bradley said.
The following players were listed as probable on the injury report Friday: Guard
Gabbert practiced full all week and will start Sunday, with Bradley saying he improved throughout the week after missing the last two games with a lacerated hand.
“He’s in a good (frame of) mind right now,” Bradley said. “I think he feels real good.”