I am just going to come out and say....I love Emmanuel Sanders.
This is the first subject I must cover with you guys. Losing Santonio Holmes may have been a HUGE problem for the Steelers, but I do believe there are plenty of receivers to step up and replace him.
First, Mike Wallace, of course. He is the one who must step up the most this year. I, personally, am a huge fan of him.
I dislike Ole Miss, but I do seriously love his play. Most burners, which he is, are just that....burners. They run really fast, then catch the ball wide open. The big difference between him and most burners is the fact that he can make those tough catches in traffic. He can make that spectacular catch on the sidelines. I remember a catch, where Ben was inside his own five on third down, and he just threw it up to Mike Wallace. On what is quite often an unbelievably difficult catch to make...he made the catch while being slammed down by a cornerback. It was truly amazing.
There were other truly amazing moments for him as well. One could just look at his two catches in the Green Bay game. His two catches were on the first and last plays of the game. His first was a 60 or so yard bomb that he just jogged on in. The second, however, was much, MUCH more impressive. In what had become a very high scoring game which came down to the last minute, he made an unbelievable sideline catch that was just perfect on both Ben and Mike's side. It was falling out of bounds and he caught it. I was just completely blown away by it...
SO as you can see, I have plenty of faith in him!
Next is, obviously, Hines Ward. I really shouldn't have to say much. He can do everything (as shown by his college career at Georgia, playing WR, QB KR/PR, and even RB at times) and is well-known as one of the best blocking receivers of all time. He has sure hands and is one of the best in traffic. He is not afraid of getting hit, and just as unfrightened by hitting back.
After that there is Antwaan Randle El. A man known as a Jack-of-all-trades player, he has played a multitude of positions. He threw the game-winning touchdown pass on a trick play in the Super Bowl. He has had plenty of impressive catches over his career. He has been fairly consistent as a third wide-receiver most of the time. I like him as a player, but there are just better players at all of the positions which he can play. There are better returners (Stefan Logan), better receivers, and better trick players.
Emmanuel Sanders is a very impressive player to me. People neglect to think of him and they simply doom the Steelers for losing Holmes. I disagree with their assessment.
Sanders is quite a bit like Mike Wallace in that he is very fast, yet has some serious skill catching the ball. Basically...I think they are almost the same and I really don't have a whole lot to add, besides the fact that Sanders caught about 100 balls on a bad team with a weak quarterback situation. I would have rather have had Freddie Barnes, but I expect some very big things from him.
After that, there are few players who will see any play-time....so I won't count them!
1. Hines Ward
2. Mike Wallace
3. Antwaan Randle El
4. Emmanuel Sanders
What I want....