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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.
Listen to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin's last press conference of the 2011 training camp series.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed center, 1st round draft pick, Maurkice Pouncey to a 5-year deal. Terms have not been disclosed.
Pouncey, a standout center for the University of Florida is expected to compete for a starting job at either the center or guard positions.
Center is the Steelers worst position along the offensive line and Pouncey is expected to be a huge upgrade over Justin Hartwig.
Yesterday the Pittsburgh Steelers opened camp in Latrobe and you could sense the excitement in the air.
Mike Tomlin in particular was all smiles. And why not? He just signed a nice extension when some thought he may be coaching for his job this year given the embarrassing meltdown last year against far inferior opponents.
However, with the excitement also comes many question marks and I believe Tomlin acknowledges that. Here are just a few of those question marks:
1) Can the Steelers survive the first six games without Big Ben (possibly 4 games)?
2) Is this Woodley's last year in a Steelers uniform?
3) Can Mike Wallace be productive against teams #1 cornerbacks?
4) How will the loss of Colon impact the offensive line?
5) Is Polamalu healthy and can he stay healthy?
6) Will the secondary be improved with McFadden starting? Will Burnett and Lewis step up in their second year?
7) Will Pouncey start? If so will it be at center or guard?
8) Will Mendenhall share carries with Jonathan Dywer
9) Will Farrier, given his age, struggle like last year? Is this Farrior's last year?
10) Can Ward stay healthy? Is this Ward's last year before retiring?
Second year pro Lawrence Timmons dominated in the back on backers drill. His agility and explosiveness is represented in the following video. He used strength and explosiveness to avoid blocks on one occasion and agility via a "swim move" on the next. In fact, the only person that was able to contain Timmons was pro bowl running back, Willie Parker. Parker stood up TImmons and contained him for the majority of the drill. Pro Bowler, James Harrison was also impressive in these drills by overpowering everyone that he faced.
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