Data Scout Notes: 1stCasWR&PR/P1stC/P1stM/2nd team
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 3/82 -- Emmanuel Sanders, WR, 5-11, 180, SMU, Fast and quick, but slight of build, he could be the Hines Ward replacement in a few years. He caught 98 passes in the wide-open June Jones offense last season and had 235 in his career, mostly out of the slot position. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Emmanuel Sanders News
11/26/13 - WR Emmanuel Sanders, in the final year of his contract, has a career-high 48 receptions, second on the team. He signed a $2.5 million contract as restricted free agent with New England in April that the Steelers matched.
11/18/13 - WR Emmanuel Sanders left the game with a right foot injury. His status is uncertain. He had surgery on both feet in the summer of 2012.
04/15/13 - The Pittsburgh Steelers retained wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by matching the New England Patriots' one-year, $2.5 million offer to the restricted free agent.
The Steelers had until Sunday to match the Patriots' offer or receive a third-round draft pick as compensation.
Sanders was a third-round pick in 2010 and has started eight of 40 regular-season games. He has 94 career receptions for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns, and set career highs last season with 44 catches for 626 yards and one touchdown.
His role in Pittsburgh's offense figures to increase next season with Mike Wallace leaving for the Miami Dolphins as a free agent.
04/10/13 - WR Emmanuel Sanders was signed to an offer sheet by the New England Patriots, giving the Pittsburgh Steelers five days to match the contract to retain the restricted free agent.
According to multiple reports, the offer is for one year but the value of the contract is unknown. If the Steelers don't match the offer, they will receive a third-round pick as compensation.
12/21/12 - WR Emmanuel Sanders, who left last Sunday's game with a cracked rib, practiced and said he is ready to go.