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    Manny Sanders - The Forgotten WR

    Wally's the Star.

    AB's got the big contract.

    Manny Sanders is the afterthought. He was hurt. He's had a bad wheel. He's had some misfortune in his first couple of seasons while Wally and AB have been phenoms.

    But when I watch these 3 WRs, I see 1 of them going all out every time I watch him. And it's not our superstar WRs, it's Manny. He seems to play with a chip on his shoulder with something to prove.

    He reminds me of another WR we once had. Manny's the most dedicated blocking WR on our roster - he never takes a play off. Manny's a good route runner and often looks like a savvy vet the way he gets open on 3rd downs. He has a knack for finding a soft spot in a zone. He even reminded me of a certain other WR the way he floated along the back of the end zone against the Giants.

    We talk alot about WR value as it relates to TDs. As the afterthought, Manny hasn't had enough chances yet to give us a legit comparison. But let's look at TD % per WR catches:

    Wally - 13.8%
    Heath - 10%
    Manny - 6.8%
    AB - 2.3%

    It took Steelers fans a while to appreciate a certain other WR. Another guy went unnoticed for many years. But like Sanders, he kept working hard, he produced even when he wasn't touching the ball, he finally got his fair chance, and everyone realized that he was the best WR we had overall.

    Manny is smaller that this other WR. But he's a little more athletic.

    The thing that stands out about Manny is he goes all out even when he isn't touching the ball. That's unique for a WR. You just don't see it often. Guess the #3 guy has to work a little harder. It may pay dividends for us down the road.

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    I think Ben was quoted as saying Manny could be a #1 on most teams. I'm not sure I believe Manny is a #1 but he would be a top notch two in my book. If he can stay healthy...he will be the reason the Steelers use 60 million somewhere besides Wallace. Brown, Manny, Cotchery is a nice core of WRs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    I think Ben was quoted as saying Manny could be a #1 on most teams. I'm not sure I believe Manny is a #1 but he would be a top notch two in my book. If he can stay healthy...he will be the reason the Steelers use 60 million somewhere besides Wallace. Brown, Manny, Cotchery is a nice core of WRs.

    Brown, Manny, and Cotchery are a nice core of chain movers, but who is going to score the touchdowns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Rock View Post
    Brown, Manny, and Cotchery are a nice core of chain movers, but who is going to score the touchdowns?
    When we look to them instead of Wallace...it will be this core of guys scoring TDs.
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    5b) Ryan Carrethers-NT Arkansas State
    6) Jeff Janis-WR Saginow Valley State
    6b) Seantrel Henderson, OT MIami
    7) Colt Lyerla -TE Oregon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    When we look to them instead of Wallace...it will be this core of guys scoring TDs.
    Manny Sanders will be an RFA next season. We need to consider the fact that we will need to find replacements for everyone except AB in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelblood View Post
    Manny Sanders will be an RFA next season. We need to consider the fact that we will need to find replacements for everyone except AB in the near future.
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    Manny Sanders reminds me of Ernie Mills
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    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    Manny Sanders reminds me of Ernie Mills
    Interesting comp. He reminds me a bit of Holmes, but without the attitude. Decent speed, but more fast that quick, with an ability to get himself open on intermediate routes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    Manny Sanders reminds me of Ernie Mills
    That's a good comparison! I would certainly put him there with guys like Mills, Charles Johnson, Nate Washington (I like him better than Nate though).
    I certainly don't see him as a "#1 on most teams". I really don't even think he is a great #2. (He would be a good #2 to me at best.)

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    Nice comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by SidSmythe View Post
    Manny Sanders reminds me of Ernie Mills

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