Limas Sweed Still Having Trouble Catching On With Another Team

It is extremely tough not to root for wide receiver Limas Sweed, who was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. The Steelers gave the 6 foot, 4 inch receiver out of Texas every opportunity to shake his demons since they drafted him, but they finally were forced to part ways with him last season as he had problems staying on the field and more importantly holding onto the football.

Sweed has had his tires kicked by a few teams following his release by the Steelers, and the latest team to kick those tires was the New York Giants, who invited Sweed to their rookie camp this weekend. Unfortunately Sweed did not impress according to Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger and he still apparently has problems holding on to the football as well. Garafolo wrote that Sweed had three drops on Saturday and detailed each by saying, “On one play, he nearly hauled in a pass up the right sideline but couldn\’t control the ball as cornerback E.J. Whitley (tryout, Abilene Christian) got his hand in there. The next two should\’ve been easy catches but bounced right off Sweed\’s hands. Even on a catch he did make, Sweed didn\’t make it a clean grab. Sweed also slipped on one play, leading to an easy interception for cornerback Dante Hughes (veteran tryout).”

Sweed was not offered a contract by the Giants and their offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said prior to the Saturday tryout that Sweed looked rusty and in need of sharpening. Those are not the types of words you want circulated about you when attempting what could be your final shot at the NFL. Sweed reportedly has about three other tryouts lined up and he has already worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chicago Bears prior to getting his shot with the Giants.

Sweed only has seven catches in his career, with the last one coming in 2009. He was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness List by Steelers late in 2009 as he was rumored to be dealing with personal issues. The following May Sweed was looking to get a fresh start but tore his left Achilles tendon during the final day of minicamp and he was placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result. Sweed saw his final chance with the Steelers evaporate quickly during training camp last year as he struggled with drops once again early and then injured his shoulder. The Steelers waived him injured and they were forced to carry him on injured reserved after clearing waivers until he was fully healed in mid September when he was released for good.

  • DoctorNoah

    What a profound disappointment. Just remember, everyone, that when he was drafted, he was the Next Big Thing, a tall, athletic, big-hands playmaker of a receiver with fairly impressive speed. Let’s hope none of this year’s draftees suffer the same fate.

    Steelers have luck with late rounders, though. Maybe Toney Clemons becomes the player that Limas never was.

    That being said, I still feel a little sorry for Sweed, a talent gone to waste. The article was right, though, he was given numerous opportunities and dropped every clutch pass that was thrown his way.

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  • Daveb1952

    I saw a picture of Sweed in the act of catching the ball when he was a rookie. His hand placement on the ball is awful. I understand he had a serious wrist injury, and IMO, hasn’t fully recovererd. BAsically, he is damaged good. Sad story cause the kid head everything else that you could want in a WR.

  • R4kolb

    Um Dave….we wasted a number 2 pick on him. Why would I root for him to suceed elsewhere?

  • Wdmason

    Helmet to helmet.

  • Krankor

    Sorry, I don’t feel the least bit of sympathy for the guy. Just answer me one question: with his big career stat of 7 catches, how much money did he earn per catch?

    Let’s hope he was wise enough not to squander it.

  • SteelersDepot

    Um, human interest.

  • MsSteelersfan412

    Limas Limas Limas…..Better luck working at Foot Locker. Not in the NFL, you couldnt catch a beachball if you tried.

  • Villian157

    “helmet to helmet” doesn’t apply to blocking, see all 5 linemen for example.

  • Intropy

    Exactly. External views are pretty filtered, so I’m probably inventing my own story here, but I never got the impression that Sweed was dogging it or lazy or not doing everything he could to get into the game. He just picked up this case of the yips he can’t shake.

  • Wdmason

    I didnt know that a violent downfield helmet to helmet block is legal. So the Hines Ward rule that affects blocking tactics would not apply here? Maybe its not considered blindsided but I wouldnt be surprised if it was called.

  • Wdmason

    It important to catch the first ball thrown to you in the NFL. I remember Wallaces first catch. He nervously caught it into his body to make sure he would not drop it. I think Sweeds problem is confidence all the way. Severe lack of confidence.

    Most players would jump back up and catch the next one but Sweed laid on the field faking an injury because it was too much for his fragile psyche..

    Im one thats hoping he can catch a few balls and get over his severe jitters.

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  • LouPGH

    Yeah, God damn him for the Steelers picking him in the Second Round. He probably dropped those balls on purpose and ruptured his achilles too just to get out of having to play in the NFL anymore.

  • Intropy

    The play in the video was prior to that rule being enacted. These days that might be disallowed on blindside grounds though not on helmet-to-helmet grounds. At the time it was an excellent block.

  • Sam

    No surprise really. Sweed has the hands of Ike Taylor and I think Ike might actually have em there lol

  • Wdmason

    Yes legal block at the time I agree. I meant to say that I wouldnt be surprised if it was called today with the new strict rules.