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Old 06-04-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Emmanuel Sanders Says Hes 100% Healthy & Feeling Good

Emmanuel Sanders Says Hes 100% Healthy & Feeling Good

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Pittsburgh Steelers third year wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders uttered some words this past week that was music to the ears of Steeler Nation. Sanders, in an interview you can hear on 105 The X, said, "I'm 100% healthy, I'm feeling good."

Sanders missed five games during his sophomore NFL season as he battled foot and knee problems, most of which resulted from the off-season surgeries that he had following breaking his right foot against the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

In addition to his right foot, Sanders also had surgery on his left foot last spring after a stress fracture was discovered in it. By the time training camp rolled around, Sanders was slowed early on as he needed a procedure done that required an injection of bone marrow and calcium to help speed up the healing process in his left foot. Fortunately he was ready by the first week of the season.

Sanders was able to stay on the field for the first eight weeks of the 2011 season and caught 18 passes for 243 yards to go along with 2 touchdowns. Against the New England Patriots in week 8, Sanders first career start, is when the knee issue surfaced that ultimately forced the SMU product to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his left knee meniscus. If that wasn't bad enough, Sanders also was saddled with the sudden death of his mother following the Patriots game.

Sanders made it back for the week 11 and 12 games against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals, but foot problems resurfaced which resulted in him sitting out the next three games. He returned for the season finale against the Cleveland Browns and was able to suit up in the AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos in addition.

In the game against Denver, Sanders looked every bit of the receiver the Steelers hoped he would become after they selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. Although he played just over 40 snaps on offense in that game, Sanders had 6 catches for 81 yards in the loss.

Of his 50 regular season catches thus far, Sanders has moved the chains with 35 of them. While his yards per catch average is nowhere close to that of Mike Wallace, his 13.3 number is very respectable playing mostly out of the slot. With veteran Hines Ward now gone, Sanders is the best blocking wide receiver the Steelers have on the roster now. Despite the meteoric rise of teammate Antonio Brown, Sanders will have plenty of opportunities to contribute and make plays in 2012 in two and three wide receiver sets. That is if he can indeed stay on the field. Sanders reiterated this very thing in the interview when he said, "I'm getting all kind of treatment twice a week and doing everything I can, because I just want to be on the field and making plays."

Sanders is entering the final year of his rookie contract and head coach Mike Tomlin stated back in March that he was worried about the ability of Sanders to stay on the field consistently. Just in case he can't, veteran Jerricho Cotchery was re-signed as an insurance policy.

Sanders really could be on tap for a break-out year and it is great to hear that he is participating fully this early on. We still have a long way to go until training camp begins and Sanders must make through one more OTA session and mini-camp before reporting to Latrobe. So far, so good.

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The Evolution Of The Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiving Corps

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Cian Fahey

When Hines Ward retired this year, he brought into the twilight with him franchise records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. It really was a sad day when Ward retired. Ward's records were more impressive than they appear on paper, which is saying something considering they are very impressive on paper.

What the statistics don't tell you however, is that Ward generally played on a run-first team as the only legitimate threat on the outside. Not only did Ward receive less opportunities because of the type of offense the Steelers ran for the most part of his career, he was often looking to fight through extensive coverage and double teams as he rarely had any talent across from him.

Once Ben Roethlisberger got to Pittsburgh, those aspects of the offense were slowly phased out until last year when the team became a pass oriented group.

These days the Steelers don't really have a Hines Ward. They do have Jerricho Cotchery who plays the game in a similar fashion to Ward, but they don't have that one receiver who they rely on completely. The Steelers will spread the ball out a lot this year.

That is not something Roethlisberger was initially able to do. During his rookie season, Roethlisberger had Ward, Plaxico Burress on the outside, with Antwaan Randle El playing in the slot. Each of those players were capable receivers, but outside of Ward, both Randle El and Burress were limited to specific roles.

Randle El was the gadget guy whose most famous moment in a Steelers jersey came when he threw a touchdown pass to Ward in Super Bowl XL. Burress was a big bodied receiver who was capable of beating physical cornerbacks but not the most dynamic of players.

Even if the receivers had been stars during the early years of Roethlisberger's career, they still wouldn't have seen that many passes coming their way as the offense focused on Jerome Bettis, with Duce Staley, in 2004 and Willie Parker, with some Bettis, in 2005.

The 2005 season was even worse for the Steelers' passing game as Burress left for New York and Cedrick Wilson stepped into his place. Fortunately a rookie tight end also came in to help Roethlisberger.

After their Super Bowl victory in 2005, the Steelers' receivers began to evolve with the arrival of former Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes in the first round of the draft. Holmes had an abundance of talent which led to a fine rookie season.

However Randle El had now departed also which meant that Wilson and second-year pro Nate Washington played behind Holmes and Ward. Ward was still close enough to his prime at this stage to be a dynamic starting receiver, while Holmes was only looking to refine his craft. Washington and Wilson however were limited to certain aspects of the game.

Wilson wasn't capable of being a game-changer while Washington mostly just ran deep routes and struggled to catch the ball.

The Steelers looked to add more diversity to the receiving corps in the 2008 draft but Limas Sweed never panned out after being drafted in the second round. Sweed was expected to be the third option for Roethlisberger and would have provided the team with a dynamic group of receivers if he had reached his potential.

The receiver position is completely different to any other set of players in the NFL. On the offensive line, you want to have similar style guards to help your offense ie: having one run blocking specialist and one pass blocking specialist is no use. At most other positions, it is the same situation.

With receivers, you want to have players who can do different things to complement each other. If you have a possession receiver, you need someone to stretch the field. If all your receivers are small, you need a tall guy to create matchup problems.

In a perfect world, each of those receivers is dynamic enough to do everything. Most teams can't even dream of the perfect set of receivers, but the Pittsburgh Steelers don't need to dream, it's their reality.

After whiffing on Sweed, the Steelers eventually landed Mike Wallace in the third round of the 2009 draft. As a rookie Wallace brought new life to the Steelers' receiving corps because they had a third legitimate game changing receiver without the inconsistencies or limitations that came with their previous options.

Wallace mostly ran deep routes, but showed at times that he could make plays over the middle.

Even though they had Ward, Holmes and Wallace, there was still a clear pecking order and identity for each player. Holmes was the dynamic route runner who could break games open. Wallace went deep. Ward was finally beginning to show some limitations as he got older.

Nonetheless, the Steelers were still a far cry from where they had initially been with Roethlisberger as a rookie.

Then it all appeared to fall apart when Holmes was traded to the New York Jets because of character concerns more than likely. Holmes left the Steelers and Randle El was re-signed to cover his loss. At least, that was the short term plan.

They may just be smarter than everyone else, or just downright lucky, but the Steelers added two rookies in 2010 who have completely revamped the team's receiving corps. With Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown joining the roster coupled with Wallace's emergence as a superstar, the Steelers' receiving corp finally was able to match any in the league.

Step by step, the Steelers had transitioned from rigid receivers, to the most dynamic and congruent group in the NFL. It had been a slow process, but a process nonetheless. The final step wasn't with the two rookies however, the final step came with the addition of a veteran in the form of Cotchery last off-season.

Cotchery proved last season that he is a more than capable possession receiver with the ability to go deep when asked. Cotchery slides into the Ward role for the Steelers, but that role is not to carry the passing game on his own. That role is to provide a veteran presence for the talent which surrounds him.

Instead of Burress, the team has Sanders. Instead of Randle El, you get Brown. Instead of Wilson, you get Cotchery. Then you add in Wallace and it's no surprise that the Steelers are no longer considered a running team.

Each of the receivers on the Steelers' roster is dynamic and congruent with the others. You don't need to worry about possession receivers when Cotchery, Sanders and Brown can all carry out the job, with Wallace not being completely useless in that area too.

You definitely don't need a burner to stretch the field either as Sanders, Brown and Wallace are all lightning fast, while Cotchery isn't a slouch.

It may seem to some that the Steelers cannot function without Wallace, but the reality is Wallace is just a piece of an outstanding puzzle. Losing that piece certainly takes away from the group, but it doesn't ruin the overall picture.

The overall picture is something the Steelers tend to see better than most NFL franchises.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/06...ceiving-corps/
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS WIDE RECEIVER EMMANUEL SANDERS IS HEALTHY, LOOKING TO BREAKOUT IN 2012

WRITTEN ON JUNE 10, 2012
BY PPR FANTASY FOOTBALL



As the Pittsburgh Steelers inch closer to mini-camp, there is still no resolution to the contract situation between the team and stay wide receiver Mike Wallace. While this is unfortunate, it may actually be a benefit for some members of the wide out corps.

One player who is looking to capitalize on the absence with some added reps is third-year wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (SMU).Sanders is an intriguing talent, who is looking to rebound from an injury riddled and subpar 2011 campaign and this opening may be all that he needs.

Looking back at his early career, it is interesting that during their rookie campaigns, Sanders was entrenched higher on the depth chart than last years team MVP Antonio Brown.

During that season, Sanders had worked his way up the depth chart to the number three role that season finishing with 28 receptions for 376 yards and 2 touchdowns.

However, when he injured his foot during the Super Bowl at the end of the 2010 season, little did anyone know that injury would eventually open the door for Browns breakout 2011 season.

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ScottBrown_Trib Scott Brown via twitter:

Emmanuel Sanders: I definitely feel like I have something to prove. I havent finished an entire seasons yet...I want to go for a thousand yards, everything that big-time receivers do I want to do that.

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With Wallace's height and speed he's a better WR then Brown and Sanders right now IMO. That said I would rather lock up Brown AND Sanders and let Wallace go if need be. It would be great to keep all 3 of them but the reality of that is low, keeping 2 however seems pretty possible because if we keep Wallace we can probably end up keeping Sanders or Brown (whoever is cheaper) too. Also Wallace is probably asking close to what Sanders and Brown will combined, in which case we could keep them and let Wallace go. Even though Wallace is the better WR right now, I would rather keep Brown AND Sanders and let him go. These 2 are way more mature and are more focused about being a Steeler and winning games then money. They are both better route runners then Wallace IMO and already have a slight upper hand this year having already began learning the new offense. The only issue with letting Wallace go is that Brown and Sanders, no matter how good they become, just don't seem like the #1 double coverage beating WR types (mostly due to size), where Wallace's speed makes him a threat every play to beat anybody. That said, keeping any 2 of them will be fine with me.
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With Wallace's height and speed he's a better WR then Brown and Sanders right now IMO. That said I would rather lock up Brown AND Sanders and let Wallace go if need be. It would be great to keep all 3 of them but the reality of that is low, keeping 2 however seems pretty possible because if we keep Wallace we can probably end up keeping Sanders or Brown (whoever is cheaper) too. Also Wallace is probably asking close to what Sanders and Brown will combined, in which case we could keep them and let Wallace go. Even though Wallace is the better WR right now, I would rather keep Brown AND Sanders and let him go. These 2 are way more mature and are more focused about being a Steeler and winning games then money. They are both better route runners then Wallace IMO and already have a slight upper hand this year having already began learning the new offense. The only issue with letting Wallace go is that Brown and Sanders, no matter how good they become, just don't seem like the #1 double coverage beating WR types (mostly due to size), where Wallace's speed makes him a threat every play to beat anybody. That said, keeping any 2 of them will be fine with me.
true, but they won't have to beat double teams if the defense also has to worry about heath, cotch, and maybe wes saunders and chris rainey. the steelers are loaded with talent on the offensive side, even without wallace.
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My feeling is that Brown is the most complete, highest value player of the three right now, but the situation is fluid. All three have great positive attributes, and definite areas for improvement. There's a lot of development to come, and I could see any of these guys breaking out to new heights.

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That's how I look at, in a nutshell.
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true, but they won't have to beat double teams if the defense also has to worry about heath, cotch, and maybe wes saunders and chris rainey. the steelers are loaded with talent on the offensive side, even without wallace.
That's true to a point but you can only have so many players on the field, usually the defense has a safety or 2 that can double team on quite a few plays if needed, or an ILB. I guess I'm still stuck in the Arians offense expectations, because 2WR's and 2TE's in a formation can be lethal if ran correctly, and we do have the personnel to do it, I just still can't picture us doing it. I'm sure we will though, Hailey already seems like he has some things up his sleeve.
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My feeling is that Brown is the most complete, highest value player of the three right now, but the situation is fluid. All three have great positive attributes, and definite areas for improvement. There's a lot of development to come, and I could see any of these guys breaking out to new heights.


That's how I look at, in a nutshell.
I agree. I think this year is thee year for all 3 of them. It seems like Brown would be more of a priority as it stands over Sanders, and Wallace is obviously the top priority this year, but who knows how it will look at the end of the year. If Sanders is hurt again he's gone, period. We will be lucky to keep 2 so there is no way we can risk a spot on a guy constantly injured. If Sanders has a bigger year then Brown and/or shows more potential then he might edge ahead of Brown, but Brown will have a good year and barring injury would be priority over Sanders it seems. Unless we get a WR in the draft next year, we can't really afford to let 2 of them go, we need to keep 2. Wallace may already be gone realistically, who knows, we haven't heard of any further cooperation and although the FO want's to keep him, if the price is to high then they may already be planning on letting him walk next year barring injury, in which case I'd think the focus would already be on Brown and Sanders, but optimally Wallace will be one of the 2 we can keep, the speed threat that he has is way to much of a game changer to let walk IMO. Ultimately I think it will come down to health.
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That's true to a point but you can only have so many players on the field, usually the defense has a safety or 2 that can double team on quite a few plays if needed, or an ILB. I guess I'm still stuck in the Arians offense expectations, because 2WR's and 2TE's in a formation can be lethal if ran correctly, and we do have the personnel to do it, I just still can't picture us doing it. I'm sure we will though, Hailey already seems like he has some things up his sleeve.

I would love to see us run a 3WR, 1TE formation as our base.
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