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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked to 102.5 WDVE’s Mike Prisuta’a Sports Page about the return of Emmanuel Sanders and the Steelers offense moving forward. As was well known Roethlisberger wanted Sanders to be retained by the Steelers when they were deciding whether or not to match the New England Patriots offer sheet for the wide receiver.
Now that the Steelers have match the offer and kept Sanders for the 2013 season Roethlisberger is happy to have him back. Had Sanders left the Steelers would have lost two thirds of their top three receivers from the 2012 season. Mike Wallace bolted on the first day of free agency to sign a huge deal with the Miami Dolphins which had been rumored. Had the Steelers also have lost Sanders they would have been run very thin at the receiver position.
“He’s a lot better than people give him credit for being,” Roethlisberger said of Sanders. “He’s really smart.”
Some may not remember, but two off-seasons ago the Steelers were touting Sanders as their best young receiver. They thought he was even better than Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace which is saying something. However, a foot injury, which has plagued him since college, forced him to miss five games during the season and he fell behind Brown on the depth chart and has yet to recover.
“It’s good for the team,” Roethlisberger continued. “He’s a good teammate. If he stays healthy I think he can do some great things.”
As stated above Sanders has had foot injury issues since college and staying healthy will be very important for him moving forward. During his pre-draft work in 2010 Sanders ran a 4.30 and 4.40 forty yard dash so he has the speed to be a deep threat when needed. Sanders also can play the slot or on the outside. That versatility will allow the Steelers to look at different types of receivers in the draft to fill Wallace’s spot on the outside or Sander’s spot in the slot.
Roethlisberger also had the following things to say about the rest of the offense heading into the 2013 season:
-The offensive line: “If they can stay healthy they have the potential to be our best unit.”
-Running back: “I don’t know who the starting running back will be.”
-TE Heath Miller’s rehab from knee surgery: “Heath is working out (lifting weights) and he looks great. He’s walking without a limp. From what I saw I think he looked
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