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    Sweeds' Size Is Sweet

    Sweed's size is sweet
    By Mike Bires
    Times Sports Staff
    Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    * Limas Sweed is already playing “big.”

    The 6-foot-4 rookie wide receiver made two impressive catches at training camp Tuesday that had his teammates and coaches buzzing.

    Sweed, the Steelers’ No. 2 draft pick, caught a deep pass early in the afternoon practice in a drill pitting wide receivers against defensive backs.

    Later in a two-minute drill, he caught a short touchdown pass on a fade route. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch threw both TD passes that Sweed caught.

    After his first impressive catch, coach Mike Tomlin ran up to Sweed and congratulated him by saying, “Hey 14! That’s why we brought you here … to be big!”

    On Sunday, Sweed signed a four-year contract worth $3.3 million including a $1.56 million signing bonus.

    * As expected, cornerback Bryant McFadden and free safety Anthony Smith sat out practice after suffering minor groins pulls Monday. Their status is day-to-day.

    Meanwhile, Tomlin didn’t have any timetable for the return of three players — nose tackle Casey Hampton (overweight), strong safety Troy Polamalu (hamstring pull) and guard Chris Kemoeatu (bruised triceps) — who are on the PUP list.

    * With punter Daniel Sepulveda now lost for the season with a knee injury, Batch will become the holder on extra points and field goals. Last year as a rookie, Sepulveda held for kicker Jeff Reed.

    “I haven’t done it since college, but I don’t think I’ll have any problems,” said Batch, an 11th-yar pro who held for Reed and backup kicker Julian Rauch at Tuesday’s practices.

    * To make room for newly signed punter Paul Ernster, the Steelers released wide receiver Kevin Marion, an undrafted free agent.

    * The Steelers practice twice today. The morning practice, closed to the public, starts at 9 a.m. The afternoon practice, which is open to the public, starts at 2:55 p.m.

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    Re: Sweeds' Size Is Sweet

    I'm glad to see Tomlin a bit more comfortable with his plan. He's starting to get animated from what I'm reading which isn't a bad thing at all. I think this man has the makings of a legend (pending how he handles his staff after this year)
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    Sweed from a pure talent stand point was better than Plax at this point in his career. Plax was a big man who played small. Sweed is a big man who knows how to use his size. I really think in a couple years people will say Plax who?

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    Re: Sweeds' Size Is Sweet

    Plax who???

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    First, you WANT everybody... now, you're talking about Sweed's size?

    Youre scaring me, man...
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    Re: Sweeds' Size Is Sweet

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerOfDeVille

    First, you WANT everybody... now, you're talking about Sweed's size?

    Youre scaring me, man...
    It would have been worse if he were talking about Santonio Holmes' or Jeff Reed's size.

    1.22 OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree, 6'4" 269
    2.56 TE Clive Walford, 6'4" 251
    3.87 CB Alex Carter, 6'0" 196
    4.121 OT Donovan Smith, 6'6" 338
    5.160 FS Kurtis Drummond, 6'1" 208
    6.199 WR Stefon Diggs, 6'0" 195
    6.212c CB Cam Thomas, 6'0" 195
    7.239 OLB Obum Gwachum, 6'5" 246

    Priority UDFA's:
    RB John Crockett, 6'0" 217
    RB Corey Grant, 5'9" 201
    DE B.J. Dubose, 6'4" 284
    DE Martin Ifedi, 6'3" 275
    FS Jordan Haden, 5'11" 200
    P Spencer Roth, 6'4" 227


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