Limas Sweed's biggest problem has been holding on to the football.
Limas Sweed was among those who had high expectations when the Steelers drafted him in the second round -- a big and fast receiver who conceivably could be the team's No. 3 receiver and a big-play threat to pair with Santonio Holmes.
But, not only was Sweed unable to beat out Nate Washington for the third receiving spot, he hasn't been able to move past Dallas Baker as the No. 4 receiver.
That has produced one of the most popular questions in town -- what's wrong with Sweed?
"Just tell 'em patience is a virtue," said Sweed, who was drafted out of Texas. "I'm playing behind some guys on fire right now. It's their time right now and I'm the younger guy. My time is coming."
It doesn't appear, though, that it will be anytime soon.
Sweed finally got to dress for his first NFL game in Jacksonville, Fla., but that was only because the Steelers had so many injured players who were deactivated. He never appeared in the game, not even on special teams.
He likely will go back to being deactivated when the Steelers resume their season Sunday in Cincinnati.
"I wouldn't say I'm impatient, but I want to play, I definitely want to play," Sweed said. "I love the game of football. I want to get out there and play, but I understand the situation. So I can't get mad. I just accept it. It makes me work harder and keep sharpening my sword for my opportunity.
"I understand things. This is the professional level. Some things may take a little time. Due to different situations, you might have to sit back and wait your turn."
Sweed and running back Rashard Mendenhall, the team's No. 1 pick, were expected to be part-time contributors this season. Mendenhall, though, is out for the season with a fractured scapula and Sweed is not likely to play unless there is an injury.
His biggest problem: Holding on to the ball and getting comfortable with his routes.
"Working hard is not an issue," Sweed said. "It's like Santonio told me -- he came in and had to work hard and when he got the opportunity, he stepped in and never looked back. I listen to what guys like Santonio tells me, what Hines [Ward] tells me, to keep working, keep working and, when you get the opportunity, you step in and take it. When the opportunity comes, I'll seize it."
I like his attitude and think he will be a great addition to the WR core once he breaks into his own