Why 2013 Is Emmanuel Sanders’ Big Chance to Shine

October 23, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2013 season finally presented Emmanuel Sanders with an opportunity to show that he was more than a third receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mike Wallace left for the Miami Dolphins and Sanders moved firmly into the team’s No. 2 receiver role behind Antonio Brown. However, six weeks into the season, not only has Sanders failed to shine, but his production has decreased nearly every week.
Just a few months ago, the New England Patriots signed Sanders to an offer sheet. When the Steelers matched, it was thought that he would be an important part of the offense.
Not only was the Steelers’ leading receiver in 2012 gone, but their leader in receptions—Heath Miller—was also slated to miss the start of 2013 as he recovered from an ACL tear. Someone had to make up that production and Sanders appeared to be the man.
Sanders was recognized as a potential breakout player by multiple outlets (Bleacher Report, NFL.com, The Patriot-News and Inside Pi...

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