Steel Curtain Rising’s analysis of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 offensive roster continues with wide receivers.
Strengths: Richard Mann. He wont’ play a down, but this is a group the suffered from the 2012 locker room leadership void. Mann exudes a “Been There Done That” air and will command the respect of these younger players.
Weaknesses: Sanders injury issues are well known and Antonio Brown, after being Mr. reliable in 2010 and 2011, was very inconsistent in 2012. Markus Wheaton looked good in preseason, but he still has a lot to learn.
The Skinny: While they all lack the home run threat speed of Mike Wallace, Brown, Sanders and Cotchery are probably all more complete receivers. Jerricho Cotchery has been a steadying hand since his arrival in 2011 and figures to continue in that role. Wheaton doesn’t quite have “beep beep” speed, but should help stretch the field. Still, with Heath Miller‘s absence, this group is going to need to stay healthy and mature pretty quickly to pick up the slack.