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He may not be the best receiver on the team anymore,—in fact, as far as physical talent goes, he's probably fourth or fifth—but Ward remains Roethlisberger's go-to guy in clutch situations.
There is no chance Mike Wallace cracks 2,000 yards this year. It's been obvious even in the preseason that the Steelers will be looking for the best matchups with their receivers rather than forcing it to anyone in particular.
Wallace is the team's most talented receiver and will sit atop the depth chart for good reason.
Despite the impressive performances of Antonio Brown, there is no doubt in my mind that Emmanuel Sanders remains the team's third choice receiver when healthy.
Sanders is abundantly talented and will cause serious matchup difficulties for opposing defenses. His height and wingspan, to go along with his speed and agility, will mean very few third choice corners or safeties will be able to contain him this year.
Last season, Brown showed he could be a great special teams player and runner in open space.
This preseason he has shown he can run routes and catch the ball in traffic. The Steelers will be spreading the field an awful lot this season, and that is thanks to their depth at receiver.
Cotchery is talented enough to be a third, and even second, choice receiver on many teams.
With the Steelers though, he's just clinging on to a roster spot. There is no question he is a better player than Wes Lyons or Tyler Grisham. The Steelers receivers are effectively set in stone already.
Battle isn't making this team because of his abilities as a receiver. The likelihood is the Steelers wouldn't bother keeping a sixth receiver, but Battle's performances on special teams are vital for Al Everest.
Battle won't be noticed by the casual fan, but with Keyaron Fox gone, Battle's ability as a gunner on kickoff and punt teams will earn him a roster spot. Don't be surprised if he is named a special teams captain.