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SH-Rock
06-02-2011, 02:06 PM
Emmanuel Sanders had a pretty good season seeing how much time he played. This guy was the go to guy on the 3rd down and consistently made plays when needed. I think he can develop into the best 3rd down receiver in the league. Your thoughts?

Corey120120
06-02-2011, 02:12 PM
I agree hes gonna be a very good receiver.

pete74
06-02-2011, 06:44 PM
i dont see it. 2 different foot surgeries his rookie year i see his carear being a short one

steeltheone
06-02-2011, 11:54 PM
I guess we will see...Having a franchise gunslinger QB makes any wideout look good...

55BaileyFan
06-03-2011, 04:36 PM
I really like Sanders but I think that people should really watch out for Brown. I think he has amazing hands (obviously, look at the Divisional game against Baltimore)

The biggest thing is Hines will probably leave after one more year, he said the Super Bowl lose was a main reason for returning. So, next year we may need Sanders or Brown to be a number two guy. I don't think El will be around for more than a few years (and he was put #4 in place of Sanders this year) Battle is no good and Grisham is a 3 or 4 guy.

DanRooney
06-03-2011, 09:35 PM
Sanders and Brown seem like #3 receivers to me. Both are a bit undersized to be a #2. I'd like (hold your laughter) Limas Sweed to get his act together and line up opposite of Wallace. The problem is Ward is taking up a valuable roster spot when his production is on a plummet. I don't think he's going to have a very gracious exit out of the 'burgh.

55BaileyFan
06-03-2011, 11:39 PM
Sweed is not going to pan out, I wish he would because that would be another successful Colbert pick....but who really cares about size? Hines isn't big, neither is Wallace. Steelers historically don't have big receivers and are still great.

austinfrench76
06-04-2011, 11:23 PM
Sanders will be very good. So will Brown. Let's pray for Sweed and we will be set for a long time with Wallace being our #1.

jjpro11
06-06-2011, 10:44 AM
Sanders and Brown seem like #3 receivers to me. Both are a bit undersized to be a #2. I'd like (hold your laughter) Limas Sweed to get his act together and line up opposite of Wallace. The problem is Ward is taking up a valuable roster spot when his production is on a plummet. I don't think he's going to have a very gracious exit out of the 'burgh.

Production on a plummet? taking up a roster spot? sure, he's not the same player he was 6 years ago... but after coming off back-to-back 1000 yard seasons, 755 yards as the clear #2 receiver behind a 1250 yard guy in a run-first offense wasn't too shabby. and of course, stats don't mean everything.. he's still the best blocking WR in the game and is still the clutchest receiver we have inside the red zone... if we were able to prolong the final drive in the Super Bowl and score the winning TD, he may have been named the MVP again with another catch or two.

DanRooney
06-06-2011, 11:21 AM
Production on a plummet? taking up a roster spot? sure, he's not the same player he was 6 years ago... but after coming off back-to-back 1000 yard seasons, 755 yards as the clear #2 receiver behind a 1250 yard guy in a run-first offense wasn't too shabby. and of course, stats don't mean everything.. he's still the best blocking WR in the game and is still the clutchest receiver we have inside the red zone... if we were able to prolong the final drive in the Super Bowl and score the winning TD, he may have been named the MVP again with another catch or two.

Run first offense? This is 2010 not 2006. Ward no longer has any speed left in his tank to even e considered a legit number 2 wideout. That's why he's almost exclusively lined up in the slot. A nickel/dime corner or even a linebacker has the ability to cover him. With any other QB on our team he'd be out of the league already. Ben allows him so much extra time to get open.

harrison'samonster
06-06-2011, 07:00 PM
Sanders and Brown seem like #3 receivers to me. Both are a bit undersized to be a #2. I'd like (hold your laughter) Limas Sweed to get his act together and line up opposite of Wallace. The problem is Ward is taking up a valuable roster spot when his production is on a plummet. I don't think he's going to have a very gracious exit out of the 'burgh.

I've got to disagree with you on Ward. I think you're right about him slowing down, and he might not be the best wide receiver on the team, especially with Wallace playing amazing and the other young receivers getting better.

I can't see him having a bad exit from Pittsburgh. Hines Ward is Steeler football.

That would be sweet if Sweed could get it together though, him and Wallace would be unbeatable.

finesward
06-07-2011, 08:22 AM
Run first offense? This is 2010 not 2006. Ward no longer has any speed left in his tank to even e considered a legit number 2 wideout. That's why he's almost exclusively lined up in the slot. A nickel/dime corner or even a linebacker has the ability to cover him. With any other QB on our team he'd be out of the league already. Ben allows him so much extra time to get open.

Gotta figure in that Ben was out of the picture for 4 games, in which they were a run first offense. Not so much the rest of the year but still that could account for a dip in his stats along with the emergence of Wallace as the clear cut #1 (and sanders and brown towards the end of the season)

I don't care how slow he is, he can still find the holes in the defense and fortunately hands don't degrade over the years and his are about as solid as they get. Plus, we do have roeth extending the play so ward's value to this team remains high. You get to have an extra coach on the field developing the young guys and his blocking and leadership is not easy to replace. If anyone loses his roster spot this year it's battle and/or el

tony hipchest
06-07-2011, 10:32 AM
for a year or 2, nate washington was one of the most productive #3 wr's in the league (besides brandon stokely or any other colts wr).

i see no reason why sanders OR brown cant be as well. they are already better than and ahead of nates curve.