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"THE STEELERS added two offensive linemen early in the draft who will step in and immediately make this offense better. Because of the improved protection, Ben Roethlisberger should have an awfully good year. The line play was the one thing keeping him from reaching the elite level that he's been at before.
Mike Wallace is a top five receiver in the NFL. He has the ability to stretch the field, catch the ball in tight spaces and go across the middle. It wouldn't surprise me if he caught 100 balls this year.
Antonio Brown is not the passing game's first option because Wallace is playing so well, but Brown is a pretty good second option. He would be a true No. 1 receiver on 20 other teams. He's extremely quick; anytime you get him the ball underneath, he can take it the distance. He's not a threat in the red zone because he's not big, but he's getting better and better.
The third receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, will pick up the catches that Hines Ward [retired] leaves behind. I say Sanders gets 50 balls.
I don't notice any drop-off with Heath Miller. He's a renaissance tight end who doesn't have big numbers but does everything well.
It's a stretch to think that Rashard Mendenhall will be ready early in the year. Instead Isaac Redman will be the team's feature runner. He's a big back who plays like a big back. If he gets 200 carries, he may end up with 1,000 rushing yards."
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