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Old 07-31-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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Post Wow.....think how good Sweed is going to be now that he can actually SEE!

Steelers' wide receiver Sweed back at practice

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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."

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"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:34 PM   #2
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I like this guy more and more everyday!
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I like this guy more and more everyday!
Seriously!

I wonder who he ran over?
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This aspect of the quote impressed me even more.
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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!
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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!
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:47 PM   #7
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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.
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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.
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Seriously!

I wonder who he ran over?
Probably some Philadelphia Eagle.
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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 of it, Limas.

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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.
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