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After 3 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut 2nd round draft pick Limas Sweed. The highly successful tall-wide receiver from the University of Texas is exactly what Big Ben has always wanted since Plaxico Burress left town.
With the release of Sweed, he can now be considered the biggest draft flop in recent memory. In fact, Sweed may be considered the 2nd biggest WR draft flop in Steelers history behind 1st round pick Troy Edwards during the Bill Cowher era.
The Steelers decided to release Sweed instead of placing rookie running back Baron Batch on injured reserve. Batch underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ACL he suffered last week.
The Steelers must pay the final year of Sweed's 4-year, $3.3 million rookie contract until his shoulder injury is healed. The Steelers also can retain Sweed and place him on injured reserve if no other team claims him.
Today, Sweed finished his Steelers career with only 7 catches. Over the past three years, Sweed has been plagued with personal issues especially lack of confidence as well as being injury prone. This training camp was critical for Sweed to prove his worth especially given his history and recovering from his 2010 season-ending achilles injury.
Apparently, Sweed didn't convince the Steelers coaching staff of his worth. It's not over for Sweed though. Another team can still claim Sweed or the Steelers would re-sign him.
Let's not forget that pro bowler James Harrison was once cut by the Steelers.
The Steelers have officially placed wide receiver Limas Sweed on Injured Reserved (IR) after suffering an Achilles injury. The injury resulted in surgery; essentially ending his year before it ever began.
This is bad news for the Steelers and Sweed. Sweed had the perfect opportunity to fill departed Santonio Holmes shoes. Sweed has gone through self inflicted tough times in his short career with the Steelers, having high expectations as a 2nd round pick from Texas.
With the injury, Sweed will enter the final year of his contract next season. That's assuming the Steelers decide to keep Sweed.
According to reports Limas Sweed was injured during minicamp practice. Initial reports indicate that Sweed injured his Achilles tendon. An examination is scheduled but if Sweed tore his Achilles tendon then he is facing a 12 month rehab process. This will also be Sweed's last chance as a Steeler.
Sweed is an athletic WR with all the measurables that you would ever want but has been a disappointment so far. Like most Steeler fans, I was hoping Sweed could be our #1 receiver of the future. He's a mismatch waiting to happen due to his size and ability to get open. However, he has struggled with concentrating on catching the ball. With the loss of Holmes, the Steelers need Sweed to be the player we all know he can be. Let's hope his injury is minor.
The following Steelers are listed as inactive in today's game against the Cleveland Browns.
QB Dennis Dixon
WR Limas Sweed - Very disappointing. We all had high hopes for this guy but his future doesn't look bright right now in Pittsburgh.
CB Keenan Lewis - Lewis was supposed to be Ike Taylor's mirror image and had a great training camp. He has not seen any playing time this year thus far.
FB Carey Davis - Who is the starting fullback?
LB Andre Frazier - Special teams ace... who is going to steup up in his replacement?
OG Kraig Urbik - We all thought he was going to steal the show in training camp and win the starting RG spot. Instead, Trai Essex as impressed.
OT Tony Hills - Another disappointment but he may end up competing for Colon's RT spot in the Steelers don't resign him.
DE Sunny Harris - Just resigned after the injury to Aaron Smith. This guy had a decent training camp and preseason and could end up having a roster spot in the future. He has the size and youth that the Steelers desperately need at the defensive line.
This week kicks off another entry of our fantasy football prediction blog. The Pittsburgh Steelers play at home for the first time since the NFL opener against the Tennessee Titans. This is a must-win for the Steelers in order to keep up with the division leaders, Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are currently up 2 games on a struggling Steelers team and the Steelers are looking to rebound against a very talented San Diego team after losing two close games in which they should have won convincingly. Here is a list of fantasy football matchups that you may want to consider:
Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben is going to have to come through against San Diego's solid defensive front. Even with the loss of Jamal Williams, the Chargers defense is loaded with playmakers. However, Ben plays his best against good competition in prime time moments. I expect more of the same from Big Ben. Ben will put up 30 points on this
Chargers defense, at home, in primetime and display to the NFL why he is an elite quarterback in this league
Mike Wallace - Wallace has been the only pleasant surprise for the Steelers this year. He caught the most passes of any Steelers receiver last week totaling over 100 yards. Wallace is a mismatch waiting to happen at the #3 spot. He's got amazing speed and quickness and hasn't dropped a pass this season. During the NFL draft, Wallace's stock fell because scouts said his hands were suspect at best. I don't see that with this young kid, however I can't say the same for Limas Sweed.
Heath Miller - Miller is "Mr. Dependable". He always seems to do his job and do it well. He has great hands and is a good blocker. He "seals the edge" when lined up as a tight end and does surprisingly well when lined up as a fullback. Last week, he was dominant on the first couple of drives as a receiving tight end. But for some reason, offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians stopped designing plays to go to Miller.
Arians has been heavily criticized by Steelers fans and rightfully so. Why would he not get Miller more involved in
Rashard Mendenahll - This is a "dark horse" pick. Per Mike Tomlin, Mendnenall didn't play one snap last week because he didn't feel comfortable that Mendenhall knew his assignments (i.e. he failed the weekly written game plan test). We need Mendenhall to step up now and I think he'll show-off some of his talent this week (IF HE ACTUALLY RECEIVES PLAYING TIME).
San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers - Rivers was expected to be an MVP candidate this year. He has loads of talent and is surrounded by talent. This could be a shootout-type game resulting in a classic Rivers vs Big Ben show down. I expect both quarterbacks to put up good numbers this game. With the Steelers pash rush less than desirable, Rivers could be in for a big game.
Antonio Gates - Gates is in for a big game against this struggling defense. With Polamalu out with an injury, the Steelers don't have a good solution for the All-Pro tight end. Lawrence Timmons has the speed and athleticism to cover Gates but it will be a challenge as is for any linebacker in the NFL.
Darren Sproles - Sproles is the type of running back the Steelers always have trouble with. He has great cutback ability (i.e. Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew) and has acceleration through the hole. He's also difficult to find behind a massive San Diego offensive line at 5-8 185 pounds. Sproles might be most dangerous as a kick-off returner. The Steelers special teams and defense must stay in their lanes and play disciplined football or Sproles could take one to the house on any given play.
Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed continue to disappoint Steeler Nation as well as their coaches. Let's start with
the 2008 1st round pick standout from Illinois, Rashard Mendenhall. Last season, Mendenhall's rookie season was cut short when Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis laid a crushing hit on the rookie, fracturing his should and ending his season in the process. This year, Mendenhall has seen very limited playing time with Willie Parker as the primary back and Mewelde Moore seeing the majority of 3rd down duties. To top matters off, Mendenhall was basically benched by head coach Mike Tomlin because he wasn't satisfied with the running back's preparation going into Sunday's division showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. It was reported that Tomlin requires his players to take a written test leading up to each game to determine how well each player knows their assignments. Likewise, it's an indicator of how well each player prepares for an upcoming game. Shame on Mendenhall. He should be embarrassed to let his more veteran teammates down. What type of work ethic does this show about Mendenhall? With the amount of money that 1st round picks are making, and knowing he's probably the future running back of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you would think he would make more of a conscience effort to help his team win.
Now for the 2008 2nd round pick from Texas, Limas Sweed. Also a great athlete and standout during his college days,
the 6-4 220 pound receiver has a great combination of size and speed and a rare ability to beat defenses and get open down the field. So, what's the problem you may ask? The guy can't catch the ball. He reminds me of Nate Washington in the early part of his career but worse. He dropped a touchdown pass during the AFC Championship Game (AFCCG) which would have clinched the game. Now, he drops a touchdown pass that inevitably costs the Steelers the game in their second straight loss of the year against the Bengals. In Sweed's defense, his drop wasn't the primary reason for the Steelers losing against the Bengals (it was actually poor defense and coaching) but still. When is this guy going to learn to hold onto the ball? Coach Mike Tomlin threatened him this week by saying that he better catch the next pass thrown his way or he'll be demoted to the 5th wide receiver. What a disappointment he has been this year. It was thought that Sweed would fill in nicely as the number 3 wide receiver with the departure of Nate Washington. With Sweed's combination of size and speed, fans were hoping to see that "big target" that Big Ben has been wishing for. Instead, we see a guy that was already replaced by rookie Mike Wallace as the number 3 wide receiver. Regardless if Sweed keeps his number 4 wide receiver spot, he won't see many passes thrown his way at all this season unless he regains that number 3 spot.
The 2008 Steelers draft class is looking like the poorest caliber of players in recent memory. Let's hope that changes in the very near future.
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The Steelers and Titans kick-off the NFL season tonight at 8:30 est standard time. For those fantasy football players, here are a few players to focus on:
Steelers Defense - Returns most starters from last laster. The two replacements, William Gay and Lawrence Timmons are not downgrades by any means
Chris Johnson - Very fast and elusive. The Steelers defense historically has had trouble with cut-back runners (ala Fred Taylor). Johnson is that type of player.
Ben Roethlisberger - Look for Big Ben to continue his success from the Super Bowl and put up solid numbers tonight against the Titans.
Hines Ward - Mr. Dependable will show why the Steelers decided to extend his contract and have him as a Steeler for life.
Limes Sweed - As the #3 wide receiver, Sweed is a mismatch for any team
Stefan Logan - As proven in the preaseason, Logan is an absolute speedster (ala Sproles from San Diego). He's dangerous as both a kick and punter returner. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he runs one back for a touchdown tonight.
The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their first preseason game 13-17 of the year last night to the Washington Redskins. The game gave us a good opportunity to see the first team for the first couple of series. However more importantly it gave the youngsters an opportunity to showcase their skills in hopes of making the 53 man roster.
On a side note, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play due to an injury to his achillies heel from starting left tackle, Max Starks (6-8, 340 pounds) stepping on it. Initial tests confirmed that the injury does not appear to be serious. I really worry about the health of Big Ben this year. He may get sacked 50+ times this year if Max Starks & Co. continue to perform at this level. This offensive line looks to be just as bad as last year if not worse. They're pass protection was subpar and they have not gotten any push in the run game.
The preseason record does not really matter. It's the analysis of the players, and the "sharpness" of the game. It was good to see of the rookies such as Ziggy Hood do well. As a team though, the Steelers looked flat. They didn't seem to have a sense of urgency outside of a few players, and they certainly weren't "sharp" (13 penalties). Below are some quick notes from what I've observed from the game:
Lawrence Timmons - Excels in "search and destroy" mode but I still don't think he's strong in the run game. Once these guards get their hands on him, he really struggles to fight through blocks. Everytime the Redskins ran to his side, they gained positive yardage, somtimes in huge chunks too. I do not think I have ever seen Timmons read a run play, fight through a block inside, and stop a running back at or behind the line of scrimmage. It's obvious to me that 3-4 ILB is not his ideal position during run plays at this point in his career. To be honest, if this becomes a consistent problem, I wouldn't be opposed to seeing Keyaron Fox on 1st down.
Limas Sweed - Similar to last game, Sweed dropped a very easy first down catch. However, he made a very nice sliding catch for 17 yards.
Mike Wallace - The "speedster" continues to impress. He has good hands and isn't afraid to go across the middle.
Rashard Mendenhall - Did not play with the first team offense at all. When given the opportunity, he did well averaging 5.2 yards a carry (5 carries for 26 yards). He looks a little hesitant out there though.
Offensive Line - In defense of the OL, they were down 2 starters if you consider Darnell Stapleton a starter. Overall, they played poorly. On the first play of the game, Max Starks almost got Charlie Batch killed. The DE ran right around Starks like he wasn't even there. I swear, a lawn chair would have done a better job blocking than Starks did on that particular play. They hardly gave Batch any time to throw and Batch being very immobile doesn't help matters. Wow, we are very lucky to have Big Ben as our quarterback especially behind this OL. The OL also got very little push in the run game.
Daniel Sepulveda - It's great to have a solid punter again. He is really going to help out our defense (not like they need much help). Sepulveda had 5 punts averagine 47.8 yards.
Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes - Both had 2 very nice catches for 1st downs. Hines' was spectacular in a leaping grab on a post pattern with LaRon Landry on the coverage.
Dennis Dixon - 8/16 for 68 yards. He also had a few nice runs. He definitely has his hot and cold streaks. At this moment, I would not feel comfortable with him as our #2 QB.
Joe Burnett - Allowed the ball to be stripped on a punt return. He may have a hard time making the 53 man roster if he doesn't progress with special teams. He needs to protect the ball better.
Ziggy Hood - Another strong performance for the first rounder with 4 tackles and 2 sacks. I see him getting immediately involved in the rotation to keep our starters fresh. On a side note, he is very quick for a big man.
Ra'Shon Harris - Another rookie with a strong performance. Seems to hold his ground well and gets a little push into the backfield. If Harris can make the 53 man roster, this would be a great injection of youth to the Steelers defensive line. Could he possibly progress to our future NT?
Troy Polamalu - In typical Troy fashion, he looks like he's in mid season form
William Gay - Looks solid both in coverage and run support. I don't think we'll miss McFadden much as a starter. I just hope one of the young guys such as Burnett or Wallace step up to provide added depth to our secondary.
Keyaron Fox - Overall, solid ILB. Last night, he was particularly strong in run defense and led the team with 5 tackles. Very good to have a quality backup at ILB.
Other Backup LB's - Arnold Harrison and Donovan Woods looked solid. Some of our backups could probably start on other teams which is a good problem to have. I'm also seeing Bruce Davis progress as well.
Stefan Logan - Did very well in both kick and punt returns. Averaged 40 yards a kick return (60 yarder in the 3rd quarter).
Nate Washington Signs with Tennessee Titans
Former Steelers wide receiver, Nate Washington has signed with the Tennessee Titans for a 6 years, 27 million dollar payday. 9 million of that money is guaranteed.
Nate Washington has seen incredible growth over the past several years and was a solid contributor the past two years. He especially came up with a few first down plays on the road to the Steelers 6th Super Bowl victory.
Washington was an undrafted free agent from the tiny division 3 school, Tiffin in 2005. Washington showed flashes of his speed and deep threat ability when given the opportunity. He possesses great straight-line speed that opposing secondaries must respect. In fact, Jeff Fisher said exactly that when asked about the signing of Washington. He notes that he worried about Washington's speed when facing the Steelers and now other teams will now other opponents will have to worry.
This was an expected move by the Steelers front office especially with 2nd year pro from Texas, Limas Sweed pushing for playing time next year. Sweed will be the Steelers #3 wide receiver next year behind both Hines Ward and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes. Dallas Baker will likely be the #4 wide out. Sweed, like Washigton, also posses' great speed combined with a bigger frame at 6-4 and 200+ pounds. While Sweed needs to improve on his concentration and game awareness, he has the potential to be a game changing wide out and a solid deep threat for opposing defenses with an ability to make the big play.
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