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Mister Pittsburgh
03-03-2009, 01:46 PM
Strange there is no mention of Dallas Baker. Who do you guys predict will be #3 next season?

A) 2nd Rnd pick Limas Sweed
B) Martin Nance who was Ben's go to guy @ Miami of Ohio so they know each others tendencies
C) Draft pick
D) Free agent yet to be signed

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 14171.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_614171.html)

The Steelers lost their first free agent when wide receiver Nate Washington agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans on Monday.

In addition, Steelers free-agent cornerback Bryant McFadden visited the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

Although Washington was the team's No. 3 receiver behind Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward, his departure leaves a hole in the Super Bowl champions' offense.

"A big one," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said on Monday night. "The guy (Washington) became a heck of a player for us. He takes the top end off the coverage. We've got to bring a young guy along.

"You always hate losing a guy you trained for three or four years, but I was happy for him. He's earned it."

Washington reportedly agreed to a six-year, $27 million contract in Tennessee.

The Steelers will have options in their search for a replacement for Washington at No. 3 receiver including 2008 second-round draft pick Limas Sweed but none of them will be proven commodities.

"It'll be Limas, Martin Nance and whoever we draft, one of those cats," Arians said. "Limas has the ability to do it. He just has to continue to grow and be consistent.

"He's shown the ability to get behind people and that was the No. 1 thing Nate gave us, the ability to stretch coverage."

Nance was a 6-foot-3, 212-pound, first-year pro in 2008 and was a member of the Steelers' practice squad. A former teammate of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's at Miami, Ohio, Nance caught four passes for 33 yards in one game with Minnesota in 2006.

Sweed, 6-4, 220, caught six passes for 64 yards in the regular season as a rookie and two for 20 yards in the postseason.

His most memorable play came in the AFC Championship Game against Baltimore, when he dropped what would have been a long touchdown pass and then faked an injury in the end zone, which forced the Steelers to waste a timeout.

"Early in his career (Washington) dropped some balls, as Limas has," Arians said. "Limas gives us a bigger, more physical guy to do some blocking and some in-the-middle catching.

"I've seen him catch enough balls in practice that I know he has good hands. I think he has some focus, eye-hand coordination things that have to be worked on. Then it's just a matter of trusting your hands."

Washington caught 40 passes for 631 yards and three TDs in the 2008 regular season and seven passes for 62 yards in the playoffs.

He leaves the Steelers having caught 104 passes for 1,688 yards (an average of 16.2 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns in regular-season play, and having won two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers.

Arians was "hoping that we could keep him, but you knew if somebody came up with big numbers (contractually) there was probably no chance."

"This is the opportunity that I waited for," Washington told the Titans' Web site Monday. "I told Coach (Jeff) Fisher earlier that I didn't want to go to a team where I felt like I needed to go there to be God. That is not the situation that I'm in now.

"This is the dream that I have been waiting for when I stepped foot on the NFL field. I'm ready for that opportunity, and I'm ready for that responsibility to step in and be a number-one type of receiver."

Washington joins a Tennessee offense that ranked No. 21 overall in 2008, seventh in rushing and 27th in passing.

"The more speed you have at all positions, the better off you are," Titans head coach Jeff Fisher told the Web site. "(Washington) clearly can run. He runs very well. He ran by a lot of good defensive players this past year. And so the speed is a bonus. But he's a football player, and that's what you need at the position. He makes catches and can get open. He's going to be productive. He can run. He understands, can get open, blocks. He does everything that you want a good receiver to do."

Oviedo
03-03-2009, 01:49 PM
It will be Sweed although I would love to get Austin Collie in the draft. Nance is just collecting a paycheck courtesy of his buddy Ben.

Iron Shiek
03-03-2009, 01:50 PM
My prediction is that Limas steps in and flourishes in a consistent role in the offense...

steelernation77
03-03-2009, 01:51 PM
Sweed will be the man. I also would not be surprised to see the Steelers sign a slot-type receiver with return ability in the later rounds.

Mister Pittsburgh
03-03-2009, 01:51 PM
Man I really hope Sweed steps up and TAKES this spot and isn't just handed it due to the investment they have in him.

Lebsteel
03-03-2009, 01:56 PM
Did we sign Nance again? Last I checked he was a free agent. Do you think Arians even realizes that?

http://www.steelers.com/team/player/

RuthlessBurgher
03-03-2009, 02:17 PM
I look forward to a whole bunch of "Sweeeeeeeed" chants in addition to all of the "Heeeeeeeath" chants at Heinz Field this fall.

SteelBucks
03-03-2009, 02:37 PM
I look forward to a whole bunch of "Sweeeeeeeed" chants in addition to all of the "Heeeeeeeath" chants at Heinz Field this fall.

It'll be better than the "Booooooooo" chants we heard in the AFCCG.

feltdizz
03-03-2009, 02:40 PM
I look forward to a whole bunch of "Sweeeeeeeed" chants in addition to all of the "Heeeeeeeath" chants at Heinz Field this fall.

It'll be better than the "Booooooooo" chants we heard in the AFCCG.


I screamed Sweeeeed in the AFCCG.. but I wasn't nice about it.

SteelHead
03-03-2009, 03:04 PM
I'm trying my best to have faith in Limas "bean" Sweed. He seems like a great kid. Down home country boy , good attitude , hard worker.

This team NEEDS him to turn the corner THIS year and be a solid contributor. If he can, then we don't have to be too worried about our WR corps future after Hines retires in a few years.

flippy
03-03-2009, 08:09 PM
Sweed runs good routes.

And his hands will be fine.

The biggest question mark on him, is he soft? He's gotta work out and not let guys push him around.

The block in the AFCC showed a fearlessness.

So he's just gotta get stronger.

If he does, he'll be a nightmare.

Has the potential to be our best WR.

Does he want it?

SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
03-03-2009, 08:31 PM
Did we sign Nance again? Last I checked he was a free agent. Do you think Arians even realizes that?

http://www.steelers.com/team/player/

Nance is on our practise team and also when I went to Tampa for the SB he was hangin with Ben and even saw him get on the bus at USF where we practised for the big game. He will be in the mix next year!

Discipline of Steel
03-03-2009, 08:53 PM
I agree Sweed will be the odds on favorite to ascend to #3 but I still believe they will bring a FA vet at Nates old salary to round out their corps. Just too many unknowns behind Sweed and God forbid Hines or Tone (or Sweed for that matter) gets injured.

Ozey74
03-03-2009, 09:14 PM
There just not going to hand #3 to Sweed, but he certain should be the favorite going into camp. I wouldn't be shocked if they go WR in Round #1 if that is the best player available.

:tt2

SteelHead
03-03-2009, 09:19 PM
Sweed runs good routes.

And his hands will be fine.

The biggest question mark on him, is he soft? He's gotta work out and not let guys push him around.

The block in the AFCC showed a fearlessness.

So he's just gotta get stronger.

If he does, he'll be a nightmare.

Has the potential to be our best WR.

Does he want it?


I disagree. The BIGGEST question mark on Sweed is everything above his shoulders and how well that translates on game day.

He has EVERY physical tool needed and his attitude and work ethic are spot on.

Can he get it together upstairs to handle the biggest stage in football , that's the question here guys. Can he perform on Sunday. But like I said I do have faith in him.

Lebsteel
03-03-2009, 09:43 PM
Did we sign Nance again? Last I checked he was a free agent. Do you think Arians even realizes that?

http://www.steelers.com/team/player/

Nance is on our practise team and also when I went to Tampa for the SB he was hangin with Ben and even saw him get on the bus at USF where we practised for the big game. He will be in the mix next year!

I knew he was on the practice squad last year and saw photos of him and Ben at the Super Bowl, but earlier today he did not show up on the team's roster. He does now. The Wiki article says he was resigned on Feb 18.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Nance

SteelerOfDeVille
03-04-2009, 01:09 AM
My prediction is that Limas steps in and flourishes in a consistent role in the offense...
i'll predict roughly 7 drops... and people will complain that he drops too many....

NW Steeler
03-04-2009, 03:55 AM
My prediction is that Limas steps in and flourishes in a consistent role in the offense...
i'll predict roughly 7 drops... and people will complain that he drops too many....

As long as he catches 45-50 other balls and doesn't have any "huge" drops, I can live with it.

Jooser
03-04-2009, 12:36 PM
I'm pulling for Sweed to come on strong next year. He showed some real ability to get open. Just catch the ball SWEEEEEEEED!

AngryAsian
03-04-2009, 12:39 PM
I predict Sweed will step up and catch 7 TDs this year, in a more serious role at #3.

SteelerOfDeVille
03-04-2009, 12:41 PM
[quote="Iron Shiek":9r91izc6]My prediction is that Limas steps in and flourishes in a consistent role in the offense...
i'll predict roughly 7 drops... and people will complain that he drops too many....

As long as he catches 45-50 other balls and doesn't have any "huge" drops, I can live with it.[/quote:9r91izc6]
he'll have huge drops... Santionio had a huge drop in the super bowl and went on to become mvp (with a great catch on the next play). they all have huge drops.

I could see 7 drops, ~40 catches, 5TDs... basically, Nate-like numbers...

NorthCoast
03-04-2009, 11:00 PM
I agree Sweed will be the odds on favorite to ascend to #3 but I still believe they will bring a FA vet at Nates old salary to round out their corps. Just too many unknowns behind Sweed and God forbid Hines or Tone (or Sweed for that matter) gets injured.

Agreed DoS. Holmes has played only one complete season (his rookie) and Hines' style of play is catching up with him fast. I don't see either one playing a complete season next year. We need more depth or the running game will have to step it up BIG TIME.

grotonsteel
03-05-2009, 04:44 PM
Steelers need to sign veteran WR in FA and draft someone after Rd3 .