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Old 03-07-2010, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?
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To say Steelers WR Limas Sweed's career has been timultuous through two seasons is an understatement.

There was The Drop against Baltimore. Then The Other Drop against Cincinnati. Inconsistent playing time followed both incidents, which led to the climax of Sweed being placed on the IR with three games to play due to a "non-football illness."

Or "undisclosed personal issues," per the Post-Gazette. The Steelers have stuck with the illness side of the story, but reports generally seem to agree that his status for training camp is up in the air.

The question then becomes how much faith do the Steelers have in Sweed to recover from the illness/issue, and start moving toward the potential the team hoped he'd reach by now?

Free agent WR Arnaz Battle's visit to Pittsburgh on Monday is the start of the process needed to answer that question.

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Battle doesn't flash huge stats. He had just five catches for 40 yards last season, and hasn't really been productive since his two-year stretch in 2006-07 where he locked up 109 catches for 1,286 yards. But he has the size to play the slot (6-foot-1, 207 pounds), which is a position at which the Steelers need to establish some depth.

Sweed was expected to fill that role to this point, but has been unable to do it. The ageless Hines Ward put in one of his best statistical seasons in 2009 (95 catches, 1,167 yards, six TDs), and the Steelers are clearly a passing team. The combination of Ward, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace and Heath Miller make their passing attack one of the most formidable in the league.

However, behind Ward sits practice squad hero Tyler Grisham, whose best attribute was supposed to be his hands. That was said before he dropped one of the two passes thrown at him last season. Grisham replaced Sweed in the short-term before the signing of Joey Galloway who didn't dress for either of the games he was on the roster for, and will not be resigned.

Battle is 30, so age won't be an issue in providing a longer term solution. He's almost the same size as Ward. While Battle doesn't have a reputation as the hardest run blocker at his position, as the fourth WR, it's rare he'll see many running plays anyway.

At a lower price tag, he seems like a reasonable enough solution. Is that what it's come to for Sweed? Size and speed that makes scouts drool and defensive coordinators sleepless, and a low price tag to boot, he looks like a long touchdown or third down conversion waiting to happen. Sweed taking a flanker spot on the field opposite Ward with Holmes and Wallace outside of them sounds lethal on paper. Production out of that sub package would open the game up so much more for the base package, particularly on first downs.

But we stratch our heads wondering how a second-round pick with so much potential now has a low-cost contingency plan in place. If Battle's 29 catches and zero touchdowns in his last 24 games is a better option that Sweed for whatever reason, it'll mark one of the more disappointing Steelers storylines in recent memory.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

If the biggest problem the Steelers face this season is who to fill the fourth wide receiver slot, I'll be thrilled. That is especially true after this week.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

Battle would be here mainly for special teams value. I'm sure al Everest put in a good word about him.

It's not like we don't bring in a vet WR or two. Did it with McDonald last year.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

nothing new in this article.

although i guess shawn mcdonald (who certain people had winning the #3 job last year) was denied an opportunity to shine for all of his drops too.
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Battle is nothing more than a STer. I wouldn't trust him at all playing WR. If we really want a 4th WR draft one like Barnes or Price.
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Default Re: Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

According to the National Football Post, Limas Sweed "doesn't have a future with the Steelers."
It's notable that the team is conducting business as if Sweed isn't even on the roster. With Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, and Mike Wallace locked in as receivers Nos. 1-3, the Steelers pursued Arnaz Battle as a potential No. 4 and special teams help. Sweed may not even make the club out of training camp.

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Default Re: Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

I am tired of the Sweed hating going on in the negative nancy burgh.....The kid dropped 2 balls......In wins to boot......Bfd......be positive.......Unless your tackling someone,then smash em.....
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The only person Sweed is competing against for the fourth receiver job is himself. Unfortunately, it looks like he's losing.
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The only person Sweed is competing against for the fourth receiver job is himself. Unfortunately, it looks like he's losing.
Well said. We're all disappointed for his production so far, but until we release him, I'm still a fan. Come on Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed! Its now or never dude.
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Default Re: Is Sweed in a 'Battle' For His Job?

With Randle El coming back, Sweed is toast unless there were some injuries. It's exciting knowing we have Ward, Holmes, Randle El, and Wallace as 4 WRs.

That is possibly the deepest and most skilled set of WRs in the league.
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