Sanders, who missed the first two preseason games, returned to practice earlier this week from an undisclosed injury. On Thursday, he spoke with reporters as a group for the first time since his return.
As the most experienced safety on the roster, his presence is viewed as a key because of his knowledge of the defense and ability to settle things down on the back end of the field. Communication among safeties has been a bit up and down through training camp.
Sanders talked Thursday about making up for lost time.
"I've missed a lot, but the thing that's helped me, I've been in the system for a while. Mentally, I know a lot of the defense and plays. I'm just trying to go out there and get my football legs underneath me," he said. "I still have a ways to go.
"I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to be out there with the guys, to play a game. I haven't had the opportunity to play, so I'm excited, ready to go."