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BlitzburghRockCity
05-06-2008, 12:55 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08127/879441-66.stm


Tuesday, May 06, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
Steelers No. 2 pick receiver Limas Sweed gets a few pointers from veteran Hines Ward at minicamp.

X marks the spot for Limas Sweed. In football speak, the X position is the split end and that is where the rookie receiver will line up, behind Santonio Holmes.

At least, that's where things started for the Steelers receivers at their weekend minicamp. It all could change between now and the start of the season.

Sweed's addition to the roster in the second round of the draft prompted many to take notice of a receiving group that can claim to be a team strength.

The group includes as its starters Hines Ward, who owns almost every team receiving record, and Holmes, who led all NFL receivers in yards per catch (18.1) last season. No. 3 man Nate Washington, who is 6 feet 1, and the 6-4 Sweed can go deep and give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more options. There is also 6-5 tight end Heath Miller, whose 47 receptions ranked third on the team last season, and his backup, 6-7 Matt Spaeth.

"I'll put it to you like this," Washington said of an offense that also added rookie halfback Rashard Mendenhall in the first round. "We had a good unit, but with the additions we made, I think we went from good to great -- we have the potential to be great, rather. We're not there yet. ... It's a great opportunity for us to come out and open up as an offense."

Holmes sees all kinds of opportunities developing with the addition of Sweed.

"We can get somebody that's as physical as he is to come in and bring a different threat to the program. Being a big guy and very explosive, it's going to help us a whole lot.
The receivers
A glance at the Steelers' top pass catchers and their experience:


86 - Hines Ward - 6-0

83 - Heath Miller - 6-5

85 - Nate Washington - 6-1

10 - Santonio Holmes - 5-11

89 - Matt Spaeth - 6-7

14 - Limas Sweed - 6-4


"If I can stretch the field, we can have Hines in the middle and we have another guy who can also work the middle with Hines and take hits and be physical in the middle. It'll help us with the tight ends and all."

Coordinator Bruce Arians already tinkered with the lineup, the lower-end of the alphabet dancing through his head. Ward is the Z, or flanker. Then there are other letters that account for slot men and wing men and H-backs

"Limas is at X," Arians said. "We can move Santonio around, which we started doing a lot last year because he plays in the slot very well. Limas can play in the slot, no problem. Hines can obviously play everywhere. Nate can play everywhere -- he's had to play every position on the team the last two years; he's lined up at X, F, Y and Z."

And sometimes W?

"We're fortunate to have guys who can take the top end off our coverage," said Arians, which means running deep routes, "and they're tough enough to go over the middle."

Washington envisions a cornucopia of passes in which Roethlisberger can hang passes high with a reasonable expectation that his receivers will come down with the ball.

"Limas gives us versatility," Washington said. "Teams are going to have to respect our jump balls now. A lot of teams know I can jump, but with my size -- 6-1, 185 -- they can deal with it and my jumping ability. Now they have to respect some height.

"It's going to open us up more on deep patterns with me and 'Tone, the speed we have, and the underneath game Hines has. If we're in game at the same time, they can't just double me going deep, because Limas will be back there somewhere. If there's a bailout situation, you can just throw it up to him."

Randy Fichtner, who coaches the Steelers wide receivers, believes Sweed can be an integral part of the Steelers offense as a rookie.

"I don't think there's any question," Fichtner said. "Obviously there's a learning curve, but that hits everybody. But I know that he's capable of learning."

Fichtner envisioned Sweed claiming the No. 3 job this year. Moments after they drafted him, he said, "It tickles you to death because you're looking at a three group that's really strong and a possibility of Nate Washington being four is really exciting."

Holmes knows what it's like to pick up the NFL game as a rookie receiver; he led all AFC rookie receivers with 49 receptions.

"He's very, very much more an asset right now," Holmes said of Sweed. "The system will be hard. It will take him 12, 15 games to learn the system. But if he's one of those guys who can pick up the system early, then we'll need him as soon as possible."

If you can look at our WR corps and not get excited you must not have a pulse. I can't remember the last time we could look at a group of pass catchers on the Steelers and see such a talented bunch with so much potential. When you have 4 legitimate threats at WR and then TE like Heath and backup like Spaeth there's just no way to cover everyone if you're on defense. Throw in Parker and Mendenhall and Im just ecstatic to see what these guys can do with Ben.

We haven't done anything yet though but man it sure looks like right now we've go the potential to be as deadly an offense as an Steeler team in history. :crossfingers:

BlitzburghNation
05-06-2008, 01:11 AM
Hell Yeah,,,,,,,,,,This fire powered offense can put up some points,that'll make our defense even better,,,,,,,,,:towelwave:

My biggest worry every single year,,,,,,,,,,Pre-Season,always worried about some senseless injury~~~~Man I hate those pre-season games ! :popcorn:

SteelersWoman
05-06-2008, 01:13 AM
Sounds like music to my ears :D

DIESELMAN
05-06-2008, 01:39 AM
Now that our offense is going to be scary for the next few years, maybe, just maybe we can concentrate on our DL in the next couple of drafts.

Koopa
05-06-2008, 01:42 AM
HOOK 'EM

damn i can't wait, and i get to see the first game because it's against the texans

Mike Tomlin
05-06-2008, 08:48 AM
HOOK 'EM

damn i can't wait, and i get to see the first game because it's against the texans

Me either I got tickets right by the visitors locker room when the Steelers come to the Vikings:cope:. I gotta a get a full size helmet by then so I can get the team to sign it since i'll probably never be that close to them again.

black an gold 4 life
05-06-2008, 12:48 PM
:cabbagepatch: man we have the ability 2 put up 30 points an game, it's gonna b an good run this year:clap::clap::tt02::cope::yellowthumb:

ejsteeler
05-06-2008, 02:18 PM
Exciting stuff. Think about it. When was the last time we had that much talent at WR? I can think of no time we had that many weapons (potential weapons I guess is more appropriate) and depth in that area. Anyone have a better memory?

Stlrs4Life
05-06-2008, 08:07 PM
Swann, Stallworth, Cunniongham were no slouch.

MDSteel15
05-06-2008, 09:56 PM
Don't forget about another rookie WR Micah Rucker 6'6" 221 from Eastern Illinois ! I talked about him a long time ago and this kid was clocked at running a 4.40 40!!! If we can put him on the practice squad and develop him, MAN! Talk about stretching the field... And what about Dallas Baker? Still potential there, too............ I'm feeling the excitement building like it used to a lonnnng time ago!

JoeThomas
05-06-2008, 10:34 PM
i love the addition of sweed. dont expect much year one, but he will be a good player for you. he is the kind of guy who needs to become a complete reciever. i was shocked he didnt go higher. great value. now my brownies need to get some more depth at CB!

ejsteeler
05-07-2008, 10:11 AM
Swann, Stallworth, Cunniongham were no slouch.

No, but that is only three at once, that's what I was referring to, the amount of talent currently present.

TampaSteelGirl
05-07-2008, 10:46 AM
I'm so excited for this year but still a little worried about the Oline..We have so many weapons and I think Ben is just going to get better and better! :tt02:

Mike Tomlin
05-07-2008, 06:48 PM
Don't forget about another rookie WR Micah Rucker 6'6" 221 from Eastern Illinois ! I talked about him a long time ago and this kid was clocked at running a 4.40 40!!! If we can put him on the practice squad and develop him, MAN! Talk about stretching the field... And what about Dallas Baker? Still potential there, too............ I'm feeling the excitement building like it used to a lonnnng time ago!
Yeah I read in the paper here about his girlfriend being killed here in an accident by a drunk driver. When I read about her I didn't know him , but i'm pullin for him to make it. It must be alot for him to handle in a one year.

Preacher
05-08-2008, 11:23 PM
I was talking to a buddy of mine today...

He was worried that we are actually going to move to the run and gun offense.

You know.. the more I look at the setup now..and who we have... the height.. well,

He just may have a point.

DIESELMAN
05-09-2008, 12:06 AM
With the way our WR corps is looking (potential) and the addition of Rashard to the running game, our offense will be unpredictabley explosive. :yellowthumb:

guessy
05-09-2008, 11:54 AM
I'm liking that we are willing to spend some top draft choices on offense...now if our OL could hold together we could be in for another GREAT season.

Preacher
05-09-2008, 05:46 PM
I'm liking that we are willing to spend some top draft choices on offense...now if our OL could hold together we could be in for another GREAT season.

I have been wondering about the Oline...

Thing is, Mahan actually lost over 20 pounds during the course of the season... as I have said in another forum... that is a LOT of weight... and if you are losing htat much weight, you are losing strength as well. He has put it back on now.

So you put another center in, move Mahan to LG which is his natural postion and at his natural strength and weight... with Smith healthy and Starks seemingly back to his SB playing style (weight to, I believe), I think the line will be quite a bit better this year. Don't forget that twice as many sacks came in th esecond half as the first half of the season. I think that has a lot to do with the amount they worked in pads... it wore out the lines.

So add all that to the mix, including more weapons... and to me, it shows that we may be able to make a run this year. with the schedule the AFCN has, 9-6 will probably take the division, though it will leave us short of the bye week...

I have not problem with that. 19-0 may be patented... but "6 SBs" is not!

Koopa
05-09-2008, 06:17 PM
I have been wondering about the Oline...

Thing is, Mahan actually lost over 20 pounds during the course of the season... as I have said in another forum... that is a LOT of weight... and if you are losing htat much weight, you are losing strength as well. He has put it back on now.

So you put another center in, move Mahan to LG which is his natural postion and at his natural strength and weight... with Smith healthy and Starks seemingly back to his SB playing style (weight to, I believe), I think the line will be quite a bit better this year. Don't forget that twice as many sacks came in th esecond half as the first half of the season. I think that has a lot to do with the amount they worked in pads... it wore out the lines.

So add all that to the mix, including more weapons... and to me, it shows that we may be able to make a run this year. with the schedule the AFCN has, 9-6 will probably take the division, though it will leave us short of the bye week...

I have not problem with that. 19-0 may be patented... but "6 SBs" is not!

if mahan is playing any significant amount of time on the line, we are in some huge trouble and won't win 6 games, i wish they would cut him, natural position of not, he is a bum at life.........

BlitzburghRockCity
05-09-2008, 07:38 PM
Mahan was a natural guard when we signed him but he wanted to play Center and the team thought he could as well. He's going to be a career reserve guy for us for as long as the team keeps him. If he has to start at Center for us for anything longer than 2 games we'll be in trouble. He can fill in here and there but any extensive playing time and we'll have a repeat of 07. Hartwig is the guy who is going to anchor this line and that will go a long way keeping pressure off Ben front straight up the middle. When the Center can't hold his own the rest of the line will crumble everytime.

steelcityrockers
05-09-2008, 11:29 PM
Mahan would be a good pinch starter if he needed to. Smart and versatile.

RckyMtnStlrFan
05-09-2008, 11:30 PM
I'm so excited for this year but still a little worried about the Oline..We have so many weapons and I think Ben is just going to get better and better! :tt02:

:plus1: Exactly what I was thinking.

I'm really excited about our receiving corps, but I'm still worried about the OL. If you can't protect your QB your WR's can look mediocre and if you can't create a hole your RB's look mediocre as well. The good news is Ben did a kick *** job last year with a crappy OL, so he should be able to continue his performance with the depth we have at WR. As long as the OL doesn't do worse we should be ok.

I can't wait for the season to start!!!:cope: