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    Youth served on receiving corps
    By: Mike Bires
    Beaver County Times
    Monday November 22, 2010

    PITTSBURGH — Officially, there hasn’t been a change on the depth chart.

    But the Steelers have a new No. 3 wide receiver.

    Antwaan Randle El is being phased out.

    Emmanuel Sanders has moved up in the rotation.

    The Steelers aren’t satisfied with the production of Randle El, a ninth-year veteran. So they’re providing the rookie with more opportunity.

    [IMGR]http://i55.tinypic.com/s5i9m9.jpg[/IMGR]Randle El may not even be the Steelers’ No. 4 wide receiver. At least he wasn’t in Sunday’s 35-3 rout of the Raiders. Antonio Brown, another rookie, joined Hines Ward, Mike Wallace and Sanders in four-receiver sets.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]“We’ve been waiting for the opportunity for both of us to be out there, and it finally happened,” Sanders said. “I feel we both made the best of it.”[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    For the first time in 10 games this season, Sanders and Brown were both in uniform and contributing.

    Sanders caught two passes for 35 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. While Brown only caught one pass for 21 yards, he replaced Randle El as the Steelers’ primary punt returner.

    Brown’s big play of the day was a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty. There were actually two holding penalties on the play, but Brown still looked impressive running through and around the Raiders’ coverage team.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]“All year I’ve been waiting for this to happen,” Wallace, the second-year star, said. “It’s just a matter of opportunity.”[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Sanders, a third-round draft pick, came to the Steelers with a resume that included 285 career catches in SMU’s pass-happy offense.

    Brown, a sixth round pick, turned pro after his junior season at Central Michigan where he had 305 catches in a spread offense. Brown was the Mid-American Conference Special teams Player of the Year in 2008 and ‘09.

    But for the first nine games this year, Sanders and Brown had to compete for the right to dress on game day. With only 45 players on the 53-man roster in uniform for each game, the Steelers didn’t have the luxury of dressing both Sanders and Brown.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Coach Mike Tomlin has pitted them in a competition he calls “Two dogs, one bone.”

    Before Sunday, Sanders got the bone six times to Brown’s three.

    But against the Raiders, Tomlin threw them both a bone.[/HIGH-LIGHT]


    “Antonio, he’s like my brother,” said Sanders, who’s been the Steelers’ primary kickoff returner this season. “He’s made me better, and I’m pretty sure he’ll tell you that I’ve made him better.”

    “Emmanuel’s been doing some great things, and I’m capable of doing some great things,” said Brown, who returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Sept. 19 win at Tennessee. “It’s just a matter of who gets to play.”

    Who knows how many times Sanders and Brown will dress again in the same game the rest of the year?

    But against the Raiders, Randle El had no catches, the first time this season that’s happened. In fact, he didn’t have any passes thrown his way.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Wallace pointed out that of the six wide receivers on the roster, three are over 30 years old and three under 25.

    The thirtysomethings include Hines Ward (34), Randle El (31) and Arnaz Battle (30), who plays primarily on special teams.

    The under-25 trio includes Wallace (24), Sanders (23) and Brown (22).

    Wallace, Sanders and Brown already call themselves the “Young Money Crew.” [/HIGH-LIGHT]


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    Default Re: Youth served on receiving corps

    This was a great read from the BCT, Florio actually posted it on PFT! I was just about to post this but I figured I'd scroll down a bit...

    I love Tomlin's "Two dogs, one bone" competition/attitude that he has created between the two. For that matter, it should be an attitude that should be accepted by the veterans as well!!! These guys are really bringin it for a couple of rooks! ARE and Battle are quickly being trumped!

    Wallace as the veteran member of the "Young Money Crew" already seems to be taking a leadership role of this batch of WR's, even though he doesnt even have 2 full seasons under his belt. I am excited about the youth of the WR position on this team, and I am convinced that Wallace is not a "flash in the pan..." This guy is scary fast, scary good, and has great hands!!! With Hines as a mentor, these three should exceed all expectations!!!
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