Remember when the Steelers drafted Texas WR Limas Sweed back in 2008? He came with high regard, taken in the 2nd round (22nd pick), and was supposed to be a big play guy that with his size, 6-4, 220 pounds, could provide the Steelers with a wide out that could get behind the secondary.
Instead, his Steelers career came to an end on Wednesday, as the wide receiver was waived, just three seasons into what could have been a great NFL career. It was a career that could be summed up in just one word – drops.
Sweed will always be remembered for two monster drops in his career, one of which directly lost the team a game back in week three of the 2009 season. The first drop came in the 2008 AFC Title game vs the Ravens, but the team overcame it to win 23-14 and advance to Tampa for Super Bowl XLIII.
The one that I will always remember even better took place in Cincy in week three of the 09 season, as with the Steelers winning and looking for a knockout blow, Sweed dropped a pass in the end zone that would have put the game out of reach. Instead, Jeff Reed ended up missing a 52-yard field goal to end the drive, and eventually Cincy rallied for a 23-20 win.
The Steelers held out hope for Sweed, but eventually their patience wore thin when he was placed on the IR with an undisclosed injury. Then last year he tore his left Achilles tendon in mini-camp.
He’ll likely go unclaimed, and end up on the Steelers reserve list, but don’t expect him to ever make a big Steeler comeback. A draft pick wasted, Sweed had a career 7 catches for the Steelers in three seasons. Ouch.