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Steelers draft bust Limas Sweed may not be done in the NFL yet

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As a second-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2008, wide receiver Limas Sweed was a major disappointment, catching a grand total of seven passes for 69 yards in 20 games before being released after suffering Achilles and shoulder injuries. He hasn’t played in a regular-season game since late in 2009, but Sweed’s NFL career might not be over yet.

In fact, at least one NFL team thinks Sweed is at least worth a look: Cincinnati, where Sweed had a workout on Friday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

It seems unlikely that Sweed would actually make the Bengals’ roster (or any NFL roster), and even more unlikely that he could ever play well in the NFL. Even when he was healthy, Sweed dropped far too many passes, didn’t make any big plays and generally looked like he had no business on an NFL field.

Then again, Sweed playing well in the NFL this season wouldn’t be any more unlikely than Mike Williams missing two full NFL seasons and then signing with the Seahawks and catching 65 passes for 751 yards, as he did in 2010.

So it’s conceivable that Sweed could have a future in the NFL. For the Bengals, there’s no harm in taking a look at a second-round talent who’s only 27 years old.

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35 Responses to “Steelers draft bust Limas Sweed may not be done in the NFL yet”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2012 10:12 AM

    Mike Brown strikes again, what a joke of a franchise.

  2. bluejays20091 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:14 AM

    he is not a bust if big ben never throws to him.

  3. TaiwanMike says: Apr 16, 2012 10:17 AM

    At least this shows that every team makes draft mistakes. It’s not just the Cleveland’s and Detroit’s of the world. Even well-run organizations slip every now and then.

  4. jeziyo247 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:19 AM

    Go to the broncos and you’ll become a star

  5. numba1recx19 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    Just needs a number change. He’s not that bad.

  6. upyoursnfu says: Apr 16, 2012 10:23 AM

    Headcase. Cincinnati must be desperate

  7. joshh967 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:37 AM

    I dont know about “desperation,” A pretty successful college WR goes to the NFL and performs absolutely awful. Who knows if he needed to sort some stuff out, or maybe being selected so high from an organization who doesnt normally draft WR’s that high was a big part of the drops. Who knows, low risk/high reward move if they decide to sign.

  8. ajgreenhof says: Apr 16, 2012 10:40 AM

    Why not?

  9. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:40 AM

    @joetoronto – what do you do, keep hitting refresh so that you can have the first comment on every thread? the only thing more impressive than your first comment ratio is the fact that you usually manage to be idiotic every time.

  10. ajgreenhof says: Apr 16, 2012 10:41 AM


    Yeah the Bengals WORKOUT not sign a player that was DRAFTED by the beloved Steelers and they’re a joke.

    Go back to watching Hockey.

  11. snowpea84 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:43 AM

    Low risk high reward investments are nice.

  12. gunpowderjones says: Apr 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    Sweed is a bit of a headcase, but he can still play. The only reason he dropped those passes was because he was continually open behind the defense (one of which was Cincinnati). It’s a mental thing with him.

  13. beavertonsteve says: Apr 16, 2012 10:49 AM

    Vince Young throws one of the most uncatchable balls from a QB I have ever seen. Between the odd delivery angle and the incosistent velocity he is a dropped ball machine.

    Limas Sweed was great in college catching everything everything thrown his way by Young. Poor guy gets to the NFL and sees these perfect throws and doesn’t know what hit him.

    Maybe these two need to come as a package. Like those MLB pitchers that have their own personal ctachers.

  14. raqaiw says: Apr 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    I’ll never forget Sweed running uncovered down the sideline (He beat Frank “Pass Interference” Walker)and dropping an easy TD.

  15. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:58 AM


    I’ve said this several times and people are starting to see what I’ve seen for a while now. Your a idiot. Did us as bengals fans take a **** in your favorite ice fishing spot for you to just spout nonsense at EVERY story about the bengals. You know nothing about MY TEAM, you really don’t know much about anything. I think you have a permanent brain freeze going on up there. So do everyone a favor and stop posting comments on something you don’t know anything about.

  16. Steeler's Will says: Apr 16, 2012 11:26 AM

    I’d like to see this kid make something of himself. He’s kept his nose clean, and I can’t fault him for injuries. Good luck Limas!

  17. steelpalace302 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:27 AM

    Wait does Cicny know he didnt play for Dallas ?

  18. jclii says: Apr 16, 2012 11:40 AM

    As a Steelers fan I really wanted this kid to work out and kept rooting for him every year. I think he’s had some issues with depression and I wish him the best as he works through things. Good luck Limas, I hope it works out for you.

  19. st1llerz1 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    Colbert and Company miss on very few as high as the second round of the draft, but this guy was a MAJOR disappointment. That being said, he’s a big target that can run. If he can find it within himself to get a handle on the ball, perhaps he can revive the career that never got started.

    He’s never been in trouble that I know of, so I’ll wish him well.


  20. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2012 11:49 AM

    Contraction is in the cards for the Bungals.

    The sooner the better too.

  21. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 16, 2012 12:29 PM

    Has Sweed had any run-ins with the law? If not, why are the Bengals interested?

  22. hitdog042 says: Apr 16, 2012 12:35 PM

    Joetoronto is 12 years old guys. He doesn’t know the first thing about football. Just ignore him.. by responding to him only makes him feel like he’s a real man.

    He can’t grapple with the fact he’s an immature boy who has no social life whatsoever… so he does this.

    that is all

  23. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 12:50 PM

    He mastered running complex routes, but after a couple of drops, got into his head that he couldn’t catch. Mental blocks aren’t as easily overcome as physical injuries–especially not in the unforgiving atmosphere of Heinz Field. I’ve always thought he’d be better off going to a new team and starting fresh.

    Best of luck, Limas. Hope you can turn it around and find the success you were meant to have.

  24. bleedgreen says: Apr 16, 2012 12:52 PM

    I love that one of the plusses so many guys here are stating about Sweed is that ‘he’s never gotten in trouble’.

    As Chris Rock said… “You ain’t s’pposed to!”

    Why are we praising a guy for not getting arrested as if thats some kind of accomplishment?

  25. farmmbig says: Apr 16, 2012 12:53 PM

    If the Vikings are not looking at him, then his career is probably over.

  26. steel2372 says: Apr 16, 2012 1:00 PM

    He has the talent but the dropped passes has been a mental thing with him. I still think an opportunity and he might be ok. Good luck Limas

  27. pocketsstraight says: Apr 16, 2012 1:27 PM

    @TaiwanMike —

    Yes, everyone fails. It happens in all industries. Who’s got the Mac Cube? a Mac Newton? — How about Google Wave? SearchWiki? or Audio Ads?

    The good companies (and good franchises) move past their mistakes quickly.

  28. Soulman45 says: Apr 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    You go say what on your mind always.

  29. Steeler's Will says: Apr 16, 2012 2:58 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    Apr 16, 2012 12:52 PM
    I love that one of the plusses so many guys here are stating about Sweed is that ‘he’s never gotten in trouble’.

    As Chris Rock said… “You ain’t s’pposed to!”

    Why are we praising a guy for not getting arrested as if thats some kind of accomplishment?
    Agreed, but it’s not really meant to be taken as an accomplishment, just a further indicator of being a “low risk”. If he dropped passes AND possessed a criminal record Cincy might not be looking at him.

  30. blanchonegro says: Apr 16, 2012 5:14 PM

    I have to admit I thought this guy was going to be amazing. I along with the Steelers was sure wrong about him. Im sure hes worth another looksie tho.

  31. zonedogz says: Apr 16, 2012 6:23 PM

    He’s a bust like just about any top pick from the
    Texas Longhorns except Ricky Williams.

  32. agc99 says: Apr 16, 2012 7:50 PM

    He couldn’t catch a cold!!

  33. rickc402 says: Apr 17, 2012 2:10 AM

    The ALL BUST Draft Class of 2008, at reciever featured are Devon Thomas, Malcom Kelly and the now Sweed….congrats! And F**K! Vinnie Cerato!

  34. psychosteeler says: Apr 17, 2012 8:16 AM

    bengals should sign sweed ,ricky williams and jordan slow azz shipley so they can have an even more overhyped team of has beens convicts and losers lol

  35. steelers24019 says: Apr 28, 2012 11:09 AM

    Steeler fans stay loyal to Steeler players even when they might go play for a division rival. Good luck, Limas.

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