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Antonio Brown (No. 84)
From a sixth-round draft pick to a No. 1 receiver, Brown has come a long way in three years. Last season was a bit of a disappointment after earning the team MVP award in 2011. As one of the hardest workers on the team, Brown will be primed for a bounce-back season and should lead the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Emmanuel Sanders (No. 88)
Sanders earned a promotion by virtue of Mike Wallace’s departure via free agency. He is a terrific route runner and has deceptive deep speed. With only five career touchdowns, the Steelers will need him to increase his production in the red zone.
Jerricho Cotchery (No. 89)
Though he does not have the speed of Brown and Sanders, Cotchery brings physical play to the offense. He has had a limited role in his two years with the Steelers, making only 33 receptions and two touchdowns. It is possible that he matches that production this year. As the season progresses, Cotchery will have to hold off rookie Markus Wheaton.
Plaxico Burress (No. 80)
By no means is Plaxico Burress a lock to make the final roster, but his odds should be pretty good. At 6’5” and 232 pounds, he is one of the only receivers with substantial size that has a shot at the final roster. He does not have deep speed, but has the size to at least make defenses think and should be a threat in the red zone.
Markus Wheaton (No. 11)
Wheaton will be unfairly compared to Wallace because he was—in part—drafted to help replace him. While he cannot match Wallace’s speed, he is a more diverse route runner. As with all rookies, Wheaton will have to work his way up the depth chart and could be as high as fourth on the depth chart to start the season before eventually working his way to third.
Justin Brown (No. 15)
At 6’3” and 209 pounds, Brown has intriguing size. He lacks deep speed and is a pure possession receiver. The only opportunity for him to make the final roster will be to beat out Burress for the final receiver spot. He could have the edge because of his ability in the return game.
David Gilreath (No. 18)
Last year the Steelers were begging for a young receiver to make an impact in training camp. Gilreath did not take advantage of that opportunity. He did spend time on the practice squad and signed with the active roster for three games. He will have to shine on special teams to make the roster.
Derek Moye (No. 14)
Moye is not a burner, but he does bring terrific size standing at 6’5”. Size does not always equate to talent and production. He may be a candidate for the practice squad.
J.D. Woods (No. 17)
When Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are ahead of you on the depth chart, you will not get much attention. As the third option on the Mountaineers, Woods had 61 receptions and four touchdowns. He lacks elite speed, but is a tough receiver who knows how to get open. Having an NFL body and the ability on special teams makes Woods a sleeper to make the roster, but also a good practice squad candidate.
Reggie Dunn (No. 13)
Speed. That is all you need to know about Dunn who ran a reported 4.22 40-yard dash at Utah’s Pro Day (via Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). While in college, he had five kick returns for a touchdown. He may not have a spot on offense, but if his return abilities translate to the NFL, the Steelers will find a spot for him on the final roster.
Kashif Moore (No. 19)
Moore did not make it out of the Cincinnati Bengal’s training camp last season and spent time on the practice squad of three teams last year. That does not bode well for him making it past the first round of cuts.