Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Old 'Money' Deals with New Situation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Old 'Money' Deals with New Situation

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Denver has a couple of Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. and a former No. 1 draft choice in Bradley Roby, all of whom the Broncos don't hesitate to use in single coverage, even if it's against the other team's top receiver.

They may need all three of them today against the Steelers.

Who says so?

Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who not long ago was part of a talented trio of Steelers receivers who presented a difficult matchup for most defenses.

Sanders, a third-round draft choice in 2010, played three seasons with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, who was part of the same draft class. They called themselves "Young Money" and produced some gaudy offensive numbers.

In their final two seasons together (2011-2012), the trio combined for 337 catches, 4,838 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Now only Brown remains. Wallace left in free agency to sign with Miami after the 2012 season and his role has been filled by Martavis Bryant, one of the best deep threats in the league. Sanders signed with the Broncos after the 2013 season and has been replaced by Markus Wheaton.

Along with Darrius Heyward-Bey, they have produced 19 pass plays of 40 yards or longer -- eight by Brown -- more than any team in the league. The Broncos, who have the NFL's No. 1 pass defense, have allowed just four pass plays of 40-plus yards, fewest in the AFC.

"I see me, Mike [Wallace] and A.B., the Young Money crew, I see it all over again," Sanders said in a conference call. "Those guys have speed over there. I knew what A.B. could do and he's still been doing what he was doing when I was over there. Markus, obviously he's a young guy, but he's developing into a great player. Then, you got 10, Martavis [Bryant] is fast. He's a big, fast guy. Like Mike Wallace, he can stretch the field. So, you all got the Young Money crew over there again. …

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