Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– The comments in Wednesday’s post on Emmanuel Sanders winning the AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week Award made me think: what is Limas Sweed’s future with the Steelers? As far as the veterans are concerned, every year we talk about how Hines Ward is getting older, but he keeps making plays and cracking smiles. Antwaan Randle El has been a big fat zero on punt returns, but I still think he can provide something in the passing game, but he’s not exactly a young guy at this point, either. And speaking of young guys … Mike Wallace has the look of a flat-out stud, while Sanders and Antonio Brown have shown plenty of promise and potential. Regardless Sweed, he’s still a recent second-round pick and it would be nice to get some production from that in the future.

– Meanwhile, back to the 2010 season, Doug Farrar at Football Outsiders takes a look at the Steelers upcoming opponent, the New Orleans Saints. [Football Outsiders]

– Ben has some advice for Ziggy Hood. [Steel City Insider]

– I know how much you guys enjoy Podcasts, so here’s the latest from Steel Curtain Radio. [Steel Curtain Radio]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Hines Ward mic’d up.

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  • Anonymous
  • Johnny_S

    The Steel City Insider link is broken

    • Anonymous

      I tried it several times and eventually it worked.

  • Johnny_S

    Great video by the way. I am really curious if they will try to bring back Limas Sweed next year.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe to show him off for a trade, though he could conceivably be useful as a player if someone goes down.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Don’t forget Battle. I thought he looked pretty good at WR in the preseason and contributes to ST.

    Sweed has a steep hill to climb due to roster depth, his performance and both his physical health and undisclosed personal issues. I certainly hope he pulls it together. But if he were drafted in r4 instead of r2, I don’t think too many of us would even give him a second thought at this point.

    Instead of pining for the unlikely future contributions of a draftee from several years ago, I’d rather bask in the glow of the contributions and potential of our last two draft classes. It would be hard to ask too much more from them on a team stacked with so much veteran talent.

  • Anonymous

    Limas Sweed hasn’t shown us much. But he hasn’t played much. A single drop doesn’t define a career. Everyone has them. If Hines Ward dropped his first NFL pass like that and you don’t give him any more opportunities, you miss out on one of the finest careers in NFL history. Now, I’m not saying that Sweed is the next Ward, I’m only saying that game-time, he hasn’t been on display enough for the external observer to make a credible judgment. As a second round pick, he deserves a shot. Training camp and practice performance at this point is probably key.

  • RoB D

    Sweed may be a bust but I don’t think they can categorically say that this early in his career. I expect he gets a fair shot to win a job in training camp and I wish him well. Brown and Sanders both look like NFL caliber players though and it’s going to take a great showing by Limas because as others have mentioned, Ward seems to be one of those guys who can play well past his prime and still be so effective.

    It’s hard to give up on a guy with the measurables of Sweed but it happens all the time in the NFL.

  • Anonymous