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There were times in 2010, Emmanuel Sanders' rookie season, when he literally looked like Hines Ward catching balls over the middle.
Because Sanders' No. 88 closely resembles Ward's No. 86, it created an optical illusion suggesting that Ward was catching the ball when in fact it was Sanders.
Sanders caught 28 passes in 2010. His career got off to a faster start than Antonio Brown's.
Unfortunately, Sanders was injured early in Super Bowl XLV, and he was missed.
Sanders sat out five games in 2011 with injuries and caught just 22 passes.
His ability as a starter assumes he can overcome the injury bug that has pestered him early in his career.
Even if the speedy Sanders does stay healthy. he likely won't be a regular starter in Pittsburgh playing behind Mike Wallace, perhaps the fastest receiver in the NFL, and Brown, the team MVP.
However, teams like Jacksonville, Minnesota and Cleveland probably wouldn't mind having Sanders as a starting wide receiver.