rocked Broncos Country with the news that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was being traded for essentially a fourth round pick to the Houston Texans on Tuesday prior to the NFL Trade Deadline.With Thomas Womens Noah Fant Jersey , 30, nearing the end of his contract and on the wrong side of 30, Elway decided there was value in dealing a player who will likely end up in the franchises Ring of Fame someday. That decision was partly due to the emergence of rookie standout Courtland Sutton who is quickly coming into this own after just eight games in the NFL.I think that theyve allCourtlands played very, very well, Elway said when asked about Sutton. Tim Patrick played very well last week. Emmanuel is obviously playing very well, too. We thought that this would give Courtland a chance to get out there, play more and become a bigger part of it because we think hes ready to go. Hes played well up to this point in time. Hopefully this accelerates his maturity.However, the player that sealed the deal and the decision to move on from Thomas came down to his partner in crime on the field Dalton Risner Jersey , Emmanuel Sanders.We leave Emmanuel out, hes had a great year, Elway said. Hes played hard, he competes, hes tough and a great competitor. What hes done has also made this decision easier.Sanders, 31, is the real star in 2018. He has three 100-yard receiving games so far this season and has amassed 50 receptions for 660 yards and 3 touchdowns in eight games this year. Easily eclipsing Thomas production of 36 receptions for 402 yards and three scores. Rookie Sutton, already has 17 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns this season and figures to see his role expand exponentially moving forward. Hopefully it translates to more production on the field for the Broncos offense as reps will now be more evened out among a core of starters. Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders recovery from a torn Achilles has passed a milestone.Sanders declared himself way ahead of schedule in his rehab last month and showed how far hes come on Friday. Sanders shared video of himself running in cleats on a football field for the first time since getting hurt last December.Im proud of how I handled the process Tramaine Brock Jersey , Sanders wrote. I did no complaining or asking God why me. I merely said this all apart of my destiny. I endured the pain, I made the sacrifices and now Im back running.The Broncos didnt add any wideouts in free agency to go with Sanders, Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick, but they did draft Juwann Winfree in the sixth round. The makeup of the group should leave Sanders with a major role on offense if all continues to be well with his Achilles.