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stillers4me
07-31-2008, 07:15 PM
Steelers' wide receiver Sweed back at practice

The Associated Press

LATROBE, Pa. - One day after second-round draft pick Limas Sweed was carted off the practice field, the Pittsburgh Steelers found out their newest wide receiver does have a physical defect , but not an injury.

An eye test resulted in Sweed returning to camp Thursday with contact lenses. As for being carted off the field a day earlier, Sweed had cramps.

"I just went in and had them checked out, and they told me, 'You know, you have a little astigmatism,'" said Sweed, who said he has always been prone to cramps and dehydration and neglected to take his salt tablet Wednesday. "I'm happy because I never knew. Now I can be 20/20 and be back in action."

Coaches saw Sweed squinting during video sessions and noticed he would catch the ball on only certain sides.

"The old wide receiver in me (notices) that when you see guys struggle to pick up the blur of the ball, that's often one of the fist things that you look at," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "It was a minor issue, it's been corrected, and hopefully it's a winning edge for him."

Sweed was given new contacts and a pair of glasses, and he pledged to wear them on and off the field.

He joked that he should be even better than he was at Texas, where he ranked second all-time in receiving touchdowns and fifth in yardage.

As he adjusts to the pro game, Sweed said that the NFL playbook is much thicker than in college, forcing him to learn more formations than at Texas.

"I think I'm slowly finding my place as I learn more of the offense and am getting more comfortable," Sweed said.

Pittsburgh has a crowded receiving corps. Starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes and reigning No. 3 wideout Nate Washington are ahead of Sweed on the depth chart and seven others after the Steelers signed Eddie Drummond on Thursday.

Also on the roster at the position are former third-round pick Willie Ried, last year's seventh round selection Dallas Baker from Florida, Jeremy Bloom, Marvin Allen, Gerran Walker and Micah Rucker.

"(Sweed) still has to put a lot of hard work into it," Ward said. "But he's a great student. He wants to learn, he wants to get better."

The approval of Ward means a lot to Sweed, who has established an early rapport with Ward and the rest of the receiving corps, already joking that he has the least drops of the group through the first four days of camp.

The rookie impressed Ward, who is entering his 11th season, by initiating contact while running over a safety after a catch in practice Wednesday.

"I'm trying to pick up some of (Ward's) trademarks," Sweed said. "That nastiness, that toughness to go in there and knock those safeties back."

http://www.philly.com:80/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20080731_ap_steelerswidereceiversweedbackatpractic e.html

skinart82
07-31-2008, 07:34 PM
I like this guy more and more everyday!

Steelerstrength
07-31-2008, 08:05 PM
I like this guy more and more everyday!

Seriously! :iagree:

I wonder who he ran over?

Preacher
07-31-2008, 08:09 PM
"I'm trying to pick up some of (Ward's) trademarks," Sweed said.

This aspect of the quote impressed me even more.

RoethlisBURGHer
07-31-2008, 08:43 PM
"I'm trying to pick up some of (Ward's) trademarks," Sweed said. "That nastiness, that toughness to go in there and knock those safeties back."

That's what I am talking about!

Santonio is no slouch himself, but he normally finds himself past the safties. I remember in the 05 Fiest Bowl against Notre Dame Holmes threw a devestating block on a Michael Pittman run.

Man, defenders better keep their heads on a swivel with these three receivers on the field together!

Blitzburgh_Fever
07-31-2008, 08:44 PM
This aspect of the quote impressed me even more.

For sure, this guy is saying (and apparently doing) all the right things. I'm trying not to drink the kool-aid this early, but he at least understands what we want!

SteelersJW
07-31-2008, 08:47 PM
Sweed's a real character. I was at the first two days of practice and enjoyed watching him make plays.After practice on the first two days he wore his own pads plus Santonio and Hines' as part of the rookie hazing. He still had time to walk up the hill and sign a bunch of autographs (glad I got one). You could hear him from everywhere crackin jokes. He seems like a great guy.

Edman
07-31-2008, 09:07 PM
I like Sweed already. That was exciting to hear. He's going to need it to play physical with the defenders and take advantage of his height and size.

He's already a better 4th reciever than "Whine for PI" Cedric Wilson.

SteelCityMan786
07-31-2008, 09:17 PM
Seriously! :iagree:

I wonder who he ran over?

Probably some Philadelphia Eagle. :sofunny:

fansince'76
07-31-2008, 10:31 PM
As he adjusts to the pro game, Sweed said that the NFL playbook is much thicker than in college, forcing him to learn more formations than at Texas.

And that's the streamlined version (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07038/759984-66.stm) of it, Limas. :chuckle:

Bruce Arians, the Steelers' new offensive coordinator, knows how to keep warm in his new office these frigid February days. He has thrown the thick, old, patchwork playbook on the fire.

He promises the new model to be sleek, trimmed down and easy to understand for his players, particularly quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Yet he will add some personal touches, such as playing four receivers on first and second downs without putting the quarterback in a shotgun formation.

The old playbook dates to 1992, when Ron Erhardt conceived it as Bill Cowher's first offensive coordinator. As coordinators changed, they did not scrap the original but added their own stuff until it grew to become almost unwieldy.

19ward86
07-31-2008, 10:55 PM
a 6' 4" reciever who runs a 4.4 in the 40 who wants to play like the most physical reciever in the NFL, that is scary. Ward being 6' and running a 4.6 out of Georgia is amazing. im so excited.

Steelman16
08-01-2008, 01:02 AM
"I'm trying to pick up some of (Ward's) trademarks," Sweed said. "That nastiness, that toughness to go in there and knock those safeties back."

Ratbirds, WATCH OUT! :laughing: Bart, Ray and Ed are gonna be flattened all on one play. :chuckle:

That quote was worth the entire article. It's music to my ears. Steelers recievers have (and will) set a precedent for playing the position physically and tough. Enough of TO and Randy Moss.

Perhaps Sweed will get LASIK surgery or something down the road. Didn't a rookie WR do that last year? I think it was Dwayne Bowe or somebody.

I guess my question is, if he's gonna play like Ward, will his contacts stay in?

Galax Steeler
08-01-2008, 03:53 AM
I like what I am hearing out of sweed sounds like he is doing everything he can to be a good player getting his contacts so he can see better and also learning from ward and holmes wont hurt anything either cant wait for season.

GBMelBlount
08-01-2008, 06:14 AM
Pittsburgh has a crowded receiving corps. Starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes and reigning No. 3 wideout Nate Washington are ahead of Sweed on the depth chart and seven others after the Steelers signed Eddie Drummond on Thursday.

Nice "problem" to have imo. If our line gels, '08 could be a great year offensively.

Aussie_steeler
08-01-2008, 06:45 AM
I would give Sweed a little time to adjust to life with improved vision.

Depending on how long he has had the astigmatism he will go through an undefined period of adjustment. Once he has become comfortable with the new visual perspective you may actually see him become a better receiver.

Coaches saw Sweed squinting during video sessions and noticed he would catch the ball on only certain sides.

This may explain in some of training camp threads why he looked a little unsure going over the middle but looked great on the long balls.

I for one will now be a whole lot more patient with Limas now that I know this information.

HometownGal
08-01-2008, 07:38 AM
I'm so looking forward to seeing this highly motivated and energetic young man at camp and better yet - on the field making some great plays! :tt03: Now that his astigmatism has been corrected, the opportunities for success are endless for Sweed. I love this kid- he's got the Steelers toughness and 'tude nailed down and he's only been in TC for a couple of days! :applaudit:

Kudos to the Steelers coaches for picking up on Sweed's vision problems. :drink:

kochmanski
08-01-2008, 09:02 AM
Seriously! :iagree:

I wonder who he ran over?

Saw it. Pretty sure it was Grant Mason.

Got to love the perks of working for an ad agency: Field-level V.I.P. passes to camp!

Dino 6 Rings
08-01-2008, 12:34 PM
See...

and people were worried about our Punter going down...we won't need one now

LOL!

Counselor
08-01-2008, 12:46 PM
I gotta tell you, I've drunk the kool-aid on both our top draft picks. The interviews I've seen with them have been very impressive. And the word out of camp has been very positive.
They were interviewed together for the NFL network at some rookie event and they said all the right things! Sweed is a country boy (NFL network showed a pic of him on a horse--and he likes to hunt and fish etc) so he gets extra points from me for that!

millwalldavey
08-01-2008, 01:12 PM
Im sooooooo happy he is healthy and has an issue that is corrected easily.

BikeHelmets4All
08-01-2008, 01:54 PM
How can you NOT play hard and deck people when you have Hines Ward to look up to?

steelreserve
08-01-2008, 05:01 PM
I remember reading how when Jason Kidd was still playing basketball in college, he was a terrible 3-point shooter, and that was the one complaint anyone had about his game.

Then someone made him see an eye doctor, and they found out he basically couldn't see anything clearly more than 15 feet away from him. He just said something like, "Oh. I just thought that's how everything was supposed to look. This is much better now."

Preacher
08-01-2008, 05:21 PM
So let me get this right... the receivers can run over the safeties... but the safeties can't hit the receivers??

43Hitman
08-01-2008, 05:32 PM
So let me get this right... the receivers can run over the safeties... but the safeties can't hit the receivers??







Well isn't blocking and tackling two different things?

Preacher
08-01-2008, 06:17 PM
Well isn't blocking and tackling two different things?

He wasn't blocking... he had the ball.

by initiating contact while running over a safety after a catch in practice Wednesday.

43Hitman
08-01-2008, 06:42 PM
He wasn't blocking... he had the ball.

Oh.. I thought it was a block. :noidea:

Preacher
08-01-2008, 06:47 PM
Oh.. I thought it was a block. :noidea:

That's understandable.... if Ward was impressed. A good block always impresses Ward.

stlrtruck
08-02-2008, 09:34 AM
How often do you hear of rookies taking on such a level of maturity? It seems to me that Sweed (and Mendenhall for that matter) have brought a new level of maturity and expectation to the Steelers organization.

I can't wait to see what kind of production this leads to on the field.

SteelersMongol
08-03-2008, 10:44 PM
Wow, that is so sweet, Sweed. :applaudit:

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That quote was worth the entire article. It's music to my ears. Steelers recievers have (and will) set a precedent for playing the position physically and tough. Enough of TO and Randy Moss.

Perhaps Sweed will get LASIK surgery or something down the road. Didn't a rookie WR do that last year? I think it was Dwayne Bowe or somebody.

...

I agree. And I was also thinking about Lasik as well, when i was reading it.