Last season was a rough one for the Denver Broncos. Denver failed to make the playoffs for a third straight season following their amazing run of success with Peyton Manning, and they fired head coach Vance Joseph. It was also a rough one for receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who had his season ended by a torn Achilles.

Sanders had been operating as the team’s clear top receiver, so it was a huge loss. After trading away Demaryius Thomas at the deadline last year, the Broncos have a pretty young receiving corp with second-year guys like Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton needing to take big steps next season.

With Thomas gone, Sanders will be counted on to be the veteran presence among the receivers and to provide guidance.

Sanders isn’t participating in the team’s offseason program as he continues his rehab, but the hope remains that he’ll be able to make a full return by training camp, according to Mike Klis of Denver 9 News.