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    If Hines Ward can't play, Emmanuel Sanders gets the start

    If Hines Ward is sidelined with an ankle injury, his replacement might surprise you. "If he can't go, I am the starter," wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Sanders, who scored a crucial touchdown last Sunday, would get the nod over Antonio Brown, the second-leading receiver on the Steelers.

    Ward missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, but Sanders isn't counting on making his second career start. "As of right now," Sanders said, "we're going with [Ward]."

    Hensley's slant: Most would've assumed Brown would get the start because he almost has two times as many catches (25) than Sanders (13). Brown is second-most targeted receiver, just three behind Mike Wallace. But Sanders is considered a better run blocker and a more polished route runner, which presumably helped him take Ward's spot over Brown.
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    sounds like some bullshit to me

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    Neither one of them is a great route runner, and both have had issues with being in the wrong place and not on the same page as Ben. At this point you could make a case for either one, although Brown has had more splash plays than Sanders which is a big thing. Brown reminds me of Wallace, both super fast guys capable of stretching the field and making the big play or circus catch. Sanders can stretch the field too but he's also getting pretty good playing the underneath routes.

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    id say sanders is the faster one, but brown is much quicker and much more fearless.

    the only thing this says to me is they are trying to further motivate brown to compete with sanders, other than that theres no justifying starting sanders over brown

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    Time for the boys to step up! I think they`re ready for the task!


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    Ward needs to sit IMO, the offense is better w/ out him. Throw Cotchery in there from time to time...

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    If either of these 2 still need motivation then something is really wrong. I like Sanders ability in the in intermediate routes, he seems to do pretty well there and has been able to start breaking some tackles and get some additional yac.

    Brown though is so quick that if he can get off the DB at the line and get separation, it's lights out.

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    Brown's really starting to blossom, and to my mind is doing better than Manny right now.

    Not as though it really matters, . . . how often do we only have two receivers on the field at any one time anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKSTEELER View Post
    Brown's really starting to blossom, and to my mind is doing better than Manny right now.

    Not as though it really matters, . . . how often do we only have two receivers on the field at any one time anyway?
    I agree Brown is further ahead and IMO faster!


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    How much film study do they have on Sanders? Little to none, this makes all the sense in the world from that standpoint alone IMO.

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