Emmanuel Sanders could have very easily had a day to forget against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, fumbling the opening kickoff and putting the Steelers in an early hole.
Instead, he bounced back with a couple of big kickoff returns, including one in the fourth quarter to set up Jeff Reed’s game-winning 19-yard field goal with just over two minutes to play. For his efforts, Sanders was named the AFC Special Teams player of the week.
He returned five kicks for 144 yards, and also made a tackle on kick coverage.
He’s been visible in the special teams game every time he’s been active, and is now starting to work his way into the offensive game plan catching three passes over the past two games, including a couple of huge third-down conversions.
With Sanders, Jason Worilds, Antonio Brown and Stevenson Sylvester, the 2010 rookie class has been a huge part of the Steelers turnaround on special teams.