Sweed eager for next opportunity

January, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers rookie second-round pick Limas Sweed knew the question was coming this week.

 
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  Limas Sweed has missed a couple of deep passes this season, including one in the AFC Championship Game.

What happened?

"I just need to follow it in all the way," Sweed said of his dropped pass and potential touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC title game. "I need to slow down. I think it was a learning experience being in that game and playing in that game. I gained a lot of experience."

Sweed has played sparingly during the regular season, recording just six catches for 64 yards. But he received extended playing time last week against the Ravens due to a knee injury in the first half to starter Hines Ward.

The rookie receiver responded with two receptions for 20 yards and a crushing block on Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy following the drop.

Sweed, who also dropped another deep pass two weeks ago in the divisional round, said he's doing extra work in practice this week with backup quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich to make sure it is no longer an issue.

"I'm catching 5 to 10 deep balls from both sides every day until the Super Bowl," Sweed said sternly. "I'm going to go over that every day, because it was something that I wanted to do. It seems to be the only thing that I drop -- a couple deep balls. So why not attack it every day?"

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