Limas Sweed: Thoughts on the Former Texas Standout

Vincenzo LandinoContributor IIIAugust 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13:  Limas Sweed #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on August 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers won 20-10.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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I choose to write about Limas Sweed for two reasons. One, the Steelers have taken a look at multiple receivers (Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery, in which they've signed) and two, Mr. Sweed was one of my favorite college players while playing at Texas.

I have to say, I am extremely disappointed with the way his career has turned out thus far. He has barely seen the field during preseason or regular season games and when he has, he has looked confused, sluggish and just over-matched. I want more for the kid, I really do. I want to see him succeed, see him be that big red-zone target that he should be. What’s wrong with him? His hands don’t seem to work, his head does not seem to be in it and his body is not holding up, either.

I say this is absolutely his last chance, his last hurrah. If he can’t crack the WR corps at this point, considering Manny is injured and Hines Ward is getting older, then he just needs to go. Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown have proved that they are ready to step it up this year. Pittsburgh didn’t win championships with big tall receivers, so there is no need for them to have Sweed. It would be a plus, but not necessary.

The Steelers signed Jerricho Cotchery. With Ben being enamored with Grisham and Battle looking lost as a WR in the first preseason game, look for Sweed to not even make the team. Unless he steps it up, there is no way he cracks the WR corps.  Cotchery has incredible hands and is an upgrade over Randle El.  Keep a close eye on this during the remainder of the preseason.

With a shoulder injury sidelining him again during this preseason, he is officially "fragile." I guess that can apply both mentally (e.g., drops) and physically.  The time for Sweed was yesterday and just like that, he is gone.