Emmanuel Sanders AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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.

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  • VN

    Bye bye Limas Sweed


      So many things can happen, VN…cutting ARE, Hines retiring, more injuries…for some reason I want Sweed to come back from the dead and avoid devoting more picks to WRs…anyway, congrats to Manny and lets get him more and more snaps in 11 on 11 action…

      • http://twitter.com/DonnieDraper Richard Whitman

        Agreed, everybody deserves a second shot, some players are simply not ready for the NFL right away, just look how Mike Williams of the Seahawks has turned it around.

        Sweed has had a lot of bad luck with injuries, so lets just see.

    • FW

      Keeping Sweed has no downside, and all upside. If Mike freakin’ WILLIAMS can resurrect his NFL career, I see no reason to write off Sweed just yet. Especially with Ward and ARE on the wrong side of 30.

      That said, let’s get Sanders more involved in BA’s offense, as mentioned in the article. He could be a real X factor this year. Three step drop, fast release to Sanders on some underneath route, let him rack up the YAC.

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