Sweed Doesn’t Make Excuses for Drops

Limas Sweed didn’t speak to the media on Wednesday, but did yesterday, and the Tribune Review reports on it today:

A day after declining to speak to reporters, Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed talked before practice Thursday. He just didn’t say a whole lot about his struggles catching the football, a problem that could get Sweed demoted for the Steelers’ game against the visiting San Diego Chargers Sunday. “No excuses — gotta make the play,” said Sweed, who dropped what would have been a 34-yard touchdown pass last Sunday. “This isn’t rocket science.” The one thing the Steelers can’t do is catch the ball for the enigmatic Sweed. “I’ve seen him make plays in camp. I’ve seen him make plays in preseason games,” Steelers wide receivers coach Randy Fichtner said. “We’ve got to work a little harder, concentrate a little harder, relax the mind. “He’s a great kid. He works his tail off. He’s getting by people and getting open, and I can’t coach that part. That part he has is a gift. That’s why he’s here.”

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4 Comments on "Sweed Doesn’t Make Excuses for Drops"

  1. A WR can run circles around defenses all he wants, but if he cant catch the ball, whats the point. Bench Sweed and put McDonald in. Let Wallace get more looks. Sweed has become a S.H.A. — Stone Hand Assasin

  2. #14 is a waste. Im still fuming over his in ability to catch these passes. Every drop he has had, in the endzone or heading into the endzone have been perfect passes. NO EXCUSES, is right.

  3. The talent in college that induced the Steelers to draft Sweed: exceptional speed, tall target, good hands (really) just hasn’t translated consistently to the pros. My first impression of him last year was that he was afraid of getting drilled; most of his drops were in traffic. Now, he is dropping passes when he’s wide open. His teammates say he is simply trying too hard — sort of like the guy who languishes through high school, dying to speak to the prettiest girl, and when he finally gets the chance, he’s speechless. If he can get his head right and his confidence back, his potential is awesome. I’m not ready to give up on him yet; the kid can and has made some clutch catches for us. But right now, McDonald deserves to play ahead of him. Sweed must earn his way back into the rotation.

  4. These are the same points of view from last year. Potential,work in-progress,up-side. etc… I remember this being said about Steven Conley,Scott Shields, Kris Farris, Troy Edwards etc. At some point all the potential in the world has to start executing and showing production. If not, #14 will join the ranks of the guys I just named who had some of the same things said about them, albeit in different positions.

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