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BlitzburghRockCity
08-05-2010, 12:55 PM
Steelers' Sanders making a name for himself
Thursday, August 05, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Make no mistake, Emmanuel Sanders is no Dez Bryant, at least not when it comes to exhibiting training-camp protocol.
Sanders, a rookie wide receiver from pass-happy Southern Methodist, was more than happy to carry Hines Ward's shoulder pads off the practice field at St. Vincent College -- something Bryant, a rookie, refused to do for veterans at the Dallas Cowboys training camp.
"It's like a rite of passage," said Sanders, a third-round draft choice. "That's what rookies do."
Sanders is hoping to do something else that a rookie wide receiver did last year for the Steelers: Be a big contributor in the offense.
He is hoping to follow the path of Mike Wallace, a third-round draft choice in 2009 who won the battle as the team's No. 3 receiver and ended up catching six touchdown passes and averaging a team-high 19.6 yards per catch.
Sanders is off to a good start, already impressing the coaches and fellow receivers with his speed, quickness and route-running ability.
"He's ahead of where Michael was as a route-runner," said offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who called Wallace the best rookie receiver he has had in 12 years.
"He has it," Wallace said. "You can see it in him. He has that swagger about himself. He has a great feel for the game. You can see it already. He can find holes [in the coverage], he can run great routes already. He just has the hips to do it."
Sanders was a big-play receiver at SMU, where he played in the slot in June Jones' run-and-shoot offense and caught 98 passes for 1,339 yards and six touchdowns. He finished his career as SMU's all-time leader in catches (235), receiving yards (3,791), 100-yard receiving games (16) and touchdowns catches (34).
With the Steelers, he is being used on the outside behind Wallace -- the split-end, or X, position formerly manned by Santonio Holmes. The Steelers already have Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El at the flanker, or Z, position, along with another rookie, Antonio Brown, their sixth-round pick from Central Michigan.
"Coach Jones' system didn't do anything but help me out," Sanders said. "It taught me how to read coverages on the run, and that's what it takes to be great receiver in this league -- you got to be able to read coverages.
"The only negative is, in college, I played in the slot and now I'm outside here, so it's a little different. The ball takes longer to get there and everything, so I'm just trying to get real comfortable on the outside. I'm starting to get there."
The Steelers have noticed.
Coach Mike Tomlin pointed out that Sanders was one of the players who kept working out and watching film at the team's South Side facility after the off-season workouts were over. Sanders said he worked with wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery and also watched video of Ward and Holmes in every game in 2008 and 2009.
"I critiqued both of their routes and everything," Sanders said. "I learned a lot about how to come out of my routes, where I need to be, my landmarks. It definitely made me better."
In all likelihood, Sanders will begin the season as the team's No. 4 receiver, although he is in a battle for the spot with Brown and veteran Arnaz Battle, who will play special teams.
"He's fast, but I don't think anyone is as fast as Mike," Arians said of Sanders, comparing him to Wallace.
"It's just knowing what the quarterback is thinking, where he can find you.
"If you're running in the wrong spot and you beat your man, you're still running in the wrong spot. You have to learn where his reception area is. He'll be fine."
Just like carrying shoulder pads.


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This kid is saying all the right things and really taking advantage of the opportunity that he's given. He's used to making big plays and he seems to be confident in his abilities. If he continues like this our WR corp, which is now still a question mark beyond Hines and Mike Wallace, could be a solid group again.

K Train
08-05-2010, 12:57 PM
please please please please keep that little **** randle el off the field

Big T
08-05-2010, 01:09 PM
please please please please keep that little **** randle el off the field


this...

ejsteeler
08-05-2010, 01:10 PM
Great! We could really use him if he's ready. That would be a real nice break for the season.

roosterray
08-05-2010, 01:17 PM
It would be tough to have 2 young wide outs in key positions, however; If he is everything as advertised, I'd love the speed out there. I do believe it will be Ward, Randell El and Wallace, unless something comes up. Being a good #4 wouldn't be a bad thing. It will by him more time for now to learn, but all I see are great things from him. Its either Battle or Randel El for me. I'd rather keep Bryant and Sanders. But with all the uncertainty, I could see management deciding differently. At least put Bryant on the practice squad.

coldrolled
08-05-2010, 01:29 PM
please please please please keep that little **** randle el off the field

hopefully battle beats him out.

Layin the wood
08-05-2010, 03:04 PM
I think Sanders and Wallace will make us forget about SH in just a few weeks!!

LatrobePA
08-05-2010, 03:33 PM
I think Sanders and Wallace will make us forget about SH in just a few weeks!!

I know I won't miss his first down celebrations!!

K Train
08-05-2010, 03:39 PM
I know I won't miss his first down celebrations!!

i will :-(

coldrolled
08-05-2010, 03:44 PM
I think Sanders and Wallace will make us forget about SH in just a few weeks!!

hopefully they block down field as well.. then we will forget even faster.

HUNT4SEVEN
08-05-2010, 05:47 PM
http://www.fantasysp.com/player/nfl/Emmanuel_Sanders/1080921 There saying he will probably be the 4th reciever, so i'm guessing Battle will be gone probably:dunno:

DanRooney
08-05-2010, 06:01 PM
Hopefully, but Arnaz will probably be #5

1. Ward
2. Wallace
3. Randle El
4. Sanders
5. Battle

What I'm hoping for:

1. Wallace
2. Ward
3. Sanders
4. Brown
5. Randle El

K Train
08-05-2010, 06:02 PM
id be content with wallace, ward, miller, sanders as the top 4....anyone but randle el

Black@Gold Forever32
08-05-2010, 06:16 PM
I was pumped when we drafted this kid and I was one of the few that wanted Golden Tate really bad......lol If you look Sanders does compare to Holmes in HT and WT.......His combine stats really compared with Holmes.....I really think Emmanual Sanders can do the same things in this offense as Holmes did eventually.....How soon is the question?......

If you look in the past rookie WR's can contribute even as rookies......Mike Wallace is one example in the past ten years.....No rookie WR will ever come close to a Randy Moss type rookie season but I do think rookie WR's can be contributors as rookies with the way offenses are in college these days.....Sanders caught a ton of balls in college and he seems to have the work ethic to improve his rout running/reading coverage.....I wouldn't be shocked if Sanders catches 40 balls and has 5-6 TD's this year....

K Train
08-05-2010, 06:23 PM
bruce arians says hes way ahead of where wallace was as far as route running and understadning the playbook.....but as it turns out bruce arians is the authority on nothing so it doesnt matter

Black@Gold Forever32
08-05-2010, 06:30 PM
bruce arians says hes way ahead of where wallace was as far as route running and understadning the playbook.....but as it turns out bruce arians is the authority on nothing so it doesnt matter

In 2-3 years you will notice how similar Sanders will be to Holmes on the field.....I really think they compare as players and the Steelers knew this when they traded Holmes.......They scouted Sanders highly and I think that showed when they drafted Sanders in the 3rd round.....I still think a 5th round pick was a joke for Holmes but if Sanders does pan out it won't matter......

Iron City South
08-05-2010, 07:09 PM
I watched Sanders all 3 days of camp last week. Call it IRONY that Sanders is wearing #88 at camp .... Because he's about as smooth and graceful as somebody else who wore the number a few decades ago that is now in Canton.

My nickname for Sanders = Smooth Jazz :helmet:

He's gonna be good .... real good. :2cents:

coldrolled
08-05-2010, 07:23 PM
bruce arians says hes way ahead of where wallace was as far as route running and understadning the playbook.....but as it turns out bruce arians is the authority on nothing so it doesnt matter

thank christ... he learned his art in college, arians doesnt have to try and train him....

MattyVfromCT
08-05-2010, 07:30 PM
thank christ... he learned his art in college, arians doesnt have to try and train him....

LMFAO!:yellowthumb:

Real Deal Steel
08-06-2010, 01:40 AM
Don't be surprised if Sanders makes Battle expendable.

KSSteelerfan
08-06-2010, 02:57 AM
good article.....can't wait for the season to start already.....:tt02:

Real Deal Steel
08-07-2010, 06:43 PM
The WR position is a strength on this team. And we've got to attack teams secondary. Especially at the third CB position because we have a clear advantage at the 3rd WR position.

HUNT4SEVEN
08-08-2010, 07:30 PM
Craig said AB is looking great also check this link out http://www.craigwolfley.com/blog/2010/08/rating-the-rooks--thus-far--br--steelers-training-camp-blog---2010-