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Old 05-18-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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Reports On Sweed Are Good
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Posted May 18, 2009 9:56PM By JJ Cooper (RSS feed)

If there's one 2008 Steeler draftee who is being counted on more than any other, it's Limas Sweed.

Even a year after he was drafted, first-round pick Rashard Mendenhall will be the No. 2 tailback, but even if he fails at the job, Mewelde Moore and Tank Summers are available to step in. Third-round pick Bruce Davis and fourth-round pick Tony Hills will need extremely impressive training camps just to make the gameday roster, fifth-round pick Dennis Dixon is likely the No. 3 quarterback while sixth-round pick Ryan Mundy is battling for a roster spot.

But Sweed is the No. 3 receiver heading into training camp and the Steelers need him to replace Nate Washington. We saw last year that he can get open. We saw that he can throw a block (when motivated), but we also saw that he sometimes has a problem with hanging on to the ball.

And according to ESPN's John Clayton, he's starting to catch the ball.

Reports from the minicamp are very encouraging about Sweed. It's still too early to determine if he's ready to make a big jump, but he will be closely monitored in training camp to see if he can be a real factor in Year 2. He's got a chance.

Any expectations for Sweed to step in and dominate as a rookie were unrealistic, something that was obvious before the 2008 season began. But it's not too much to ask a second-year receiver to be ready to contribute significantly. Shaun McDonald gives the Steelers someone who could fill in if Hines Ward goes down with an injury, and Mike Wallace could eventually prove to be a deep threat, but the Steelers passing game will need a lot of Sweed this year. Hopefully he's ready to step up.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:38 PM   #2
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I hope to see him do well this year. We need him to do well.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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This is the funny thing. All the haters talking about his drops and that he is a bust will fade into the woodwork if Sweed is productive in his 2nd season. Very similar to how they did in Lawrence Timmons 2nd year.

When are fans gonna learn that the game isnt that easy and young guys need time to make the transition?

Its why I really dont expect anything from Frank Summers, Keenan Lewis, Mike Wallace this year.......but am hopeful for Urbik, because Stapleton is just so below average at best.
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This is the funny thing. All the haters talking about his drops and that he is a bust will fade into the woodwork if Sweed is productive in his 2nd season. Very similar to how they did in Lawrence Timmons 2nd year.

When are fans gonna learn that the game isnt that easy and young guys need time to make the transition?

Its why I really dont expect anything from Frank Summers, Keenan Lewis, Mike Wallace this year.......but am hopeful for Urbik, because Stapleton is just so below average at best.
don't worry...i've got a list of the bashers... ....i'll be stompin em like c0ckroaches as they try to board the sweeeeeed wagon...
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This is the funny thing. All the haters talking about his drops and that he is a bust will fade into the woodwork if Sweed is productive in his 2nd season. Very similar to how they did in Lawrence Timmons 2nd year.

When are fans gonna learn that the game isnt that easy and young guys need time to make the transition?

Its why I really dont expect anything from Frank Summers, Keenan Lewis, Mike Wallace this year.......but am hopeful for Urbik, because Stapleton is just so below average at best.
I agree... but I still have high hopes for Summers, RB's have been known to catch on quickly.
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don't worry...i've got a list of the bashers... ....i'll be stompin em like c0ckroaches as they try to board the sweeeeeed wagon...
Just kick them off the wagon one by one.
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lets see.....galaxy....galaxy.... ....ok, your clear to board...but i got my eye on you...
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If our O-line can get it together this year the Steelers will be epic.
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I think Sweed will be fine, the transition to the NFL for WR's is one of the hardest to make IMO.
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I think it's a tough transition for any position in the NFL.. everybody has their problems in their first year. Holmes had fumbling issues as a rookie.. catching is just something Sweed needs to work on. Once he settles down, I think he's gonna be a great player.. hopefully in a few years when Ward hangs it up, he'll be starting material.
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