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Emmanuel Sanders is my favorite receiver at the moment. Yes, I love him more than Hines Ward right now and feel he can give Mike Wallace a run for his money at the position in a few years.
Much the same as with Sanders, though, he is undersized. Both are under six feet and weigh 186 pounds. Not exactly overpowering those 260-pound linebackers in coverage.
Despite those things, he is certainly not timid when it comes to going over the middle and will compete for the ball.
Yet due to his size, he tends to lose those battles at times.
He is also a break from Santonio Holmes, who would take plays off. Sanders is a very hungry player and never gives up, which once again comes back to his excellent slot play.
Yet again, he and Brown are very much like Wes Welker in that they are great in the slot, have fantastic hands, and are extremely quick.
There is a difference in that they can light up a difference with their lateral speed and not just with their lightning quickness.
The two receivers the Steelers picked up in the draft give me every reason to believe they should trade Randle El and possibly Arnaz Battle as well. They have excellent potential and have played great through the preseason.
Sanders through his four-year career with the Southern Methodist Mustangs improved his yardage every season.
He also caught 98 passes last season for 1,339 yards and seven touchdowns. His career totals of 285 receptions, 3,791 yards, and 34 touchdowns make me EXTREMELY confident for his future.
He also had 40 punt returns for 275 yards and one touchdown. I think the terrible average is more due to the fact that teams got to his location quickly since he had no blockers. He also had 20 fair catches, which shows they got VERY close often.