The Jacksonville Jaguars got back wide receiver Ace Sanders this week, after serving his four game suspension for violating the NFL's drug abuse policy. The Jaguars were granted a one week roster exception for Sanders, but he can be activated by the team prior to Sunday's game and be available if they so choose, and with injuries at the receiver position, I'd guess they will.
"Just to come back in and get in the flow of things," Sanders said of his expectations returning to the team. "Really just see where that takes us as far as the team, as far as me being a teammate. Just to see where we go from there. Nothing really too big that they put on me, just to come back and get in the swing of things."
One of the concerns with throwing Sanders right back on to the field is that he's been gone for four weeks and while he played in the final preseason game, the team has to be sure he's still in game shape before throwing him out there.
Sanders doesn't think he's behind, though.
"No, not at all. I’m still able to do meetings and stuff with the team and everything, so I was able to keep up with what was going on and the changes that were being made," Sanders said.
If Sanders plays on Sunday against the Steelers, he'll be a welcome addition to a wide receiver group that's seemed to be trading injuries. When one player gets healthy, another ends up injured. Sanders will also be a nice injection into the return game, taking over for Mike Brown returning punts.
"From watching him run routes last year on film, he does a great job running routes, getting open, he’s smart. I look forward to throwing him the football," Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles said about Sanders return to the team.