Wide Receivers A Plenty For Steelers

When the month of March started, it seemed that the Steelers very well might look to the 2010 NFL draft to solidify their wide receiver depth. At that time the Steelers had 7 receivers on their roster with only Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace being sure things. The other 4 receivers at the time included the troubled Limas Sweed and 3 inexperienced, training camp bodies. You could also add Stefan Logan to the list if you really wanted, but for all practical purposes he is merely a specialist.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and the Steelers have added former Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and 49ers free agent Arnaz Battle. Both signed deals that would imply that they are indeed expected to make final 53 man roster. If indeed they both do, this would give the Steelers 5 opening day wide receivers and one would expect that Limas Sweed would be showcased during pre season for a trade and if not, then released on the final cut down day.

For the 2009 season, the Steelers mainly carried 5 wide receivers on the 53 man roster throughout the year, 6 if you want to consider Logan a receiver. Undrafted rookie Tyler Grisham also saw some time late in the season as well after Sweed was placed in injured reserve. The club has not yet given up on Grisham according to reports.

What does this all mean? For one thing, Sweed as we all know is all but done in Pittsburgh. It is just a matter of time before he is traded or released. Both Randle El and Battle at this point in time should be considered locks to make roster. Battle more so as a special teamer and 5th receiver. This almost assures that the Steelers will not be drafting a receiver in April as well. Many thought the Steelers would eye Golden Tate from Notre Dame or Demaryius Thomas from Georgia Tech, but that just isn\’t going to happen now. They could sign one or two undrafted free agents following the draft, but even that seems like a long shot right now. The Steelers are set at wide receiver for 2010 and can turn their attention to other priotrity positions in the draft and work on getting Holmes extended following the draft.

  • notjustasteelerfan

    Wait a minute,

    I like to bring a point for KEEPING Limas Sweed.
    Ok you’re right it’s time for him to put up or shut up, but I see these FA’s signings a problem for Mr. Stefan (NO TD) Logan.
    Battles is a Special Team Returner who the Steeler’s tried to sign last year..
    Randle EL. Welcome back (by the way), their Ace returner along with the 3rd down specialist
    So if Limas can some how get his act together and grow-up (along w/Big Ben).
    6 wide-outs like in 09.
    Hines Ward
    Santonio Holomes
    Mike Wallace-3rd
    Antwaan Randle El-ATH/QB,R/S.
    LImas Sweed-3rd Tall Target goal line
    Arnaz Battle-KR

    Just maybe in the 2010 season the Steelers can get a TD from the return game, because Logan needs to go back to the CFL.. sorry, what waste.

  • Tanner

    We also have WR Jason Chery and Brandon London. Jason Chery is a very fast runner. And Brandon London is a big receiver just like Sweed. So trade Limas Sweed, or get rid of him.

  • admin

    Chery and London are long-shots at best at this point barring injury to make the 53.