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Old 02-10-2011, 07:05 AM   #1
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Default Steelers' receiver corps needs reinforcements

Steelers' receiver corps needs reinforcements
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Vinnie Iyer SN Icon Sporting News

One reason for the Pittsburgh Steelers' 31-25 loss in Super Bowl XLV is that their wide receivers couldn't quite keep up with the Green Bay Packers' corps, even though Hines Ward and Mike Wallace made it interesting with touchdowns late in each half.

Going forward, however, it's a position of concern for the Steelers beyond Wallace, a speedster headed toward his third season and what should be the best stretch of his career.
Steelers' receiver corps needs reinforcements

Vinnie Iyer says Pittsburgh is going to need additional wide receivers to step up if it wants to make it back to the Super Bowl.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that both Emmanuel Sanders, who broke his foot in the Super Bowl, and Ward (knee, thumb) are both set to have offseason surgery. The coaches loved what Sanders showed as a rookie but now must worry about his recovery. As for Ward, he turns 35 in March and has taken so much physical abuse over the years as game's toughest receiver, someone always willing to deliver a crack-back block on a linebacker. It's uncertain how much longer he can play.

Then there's also Limas Sweed, a '08 second-rounder who has been on injured reserve since he tore his Achilles' tendon last May. Fifth receiver Antwaan Randle El, 31, was just a familiar stopgap option.

If the Steelers had to move forward with Wallace and Antonio Brown as starters in '11, they would be comfortable with that. The problem is offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger like to work with three-and four-receiver formations, but that requires reliable depth. Brown (5-10) and Sanders (5-11) are two smaller receivers, and Wallace stands only 6-0.

Sweed's return would be big, literally, because he is a 6-4, 220-pound target. The Steelers can't count on that and instead should look for a nice-sized possession receiver in free agency or the draft.

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