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    Allen could have bright future

    Steelers' Allen could have bright future
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    Posted Dec. 28, 2012 @ 10:08 p.m. ET


    By Mike Wilkening
    Two days before the Steelers’ season finale, CB Cortez Allen was asked what he would take away from his second NFL campaign.


    “I still have a lot of growing to do,” Allen said. “ … There’s still so much to learn.”


    More improvement from Allen would be an exciting prospect for the Steelers considering the promise he has shown in 2012.


    Allen’s potential was on full display in the Week 16 loss to Cincinnati, when he had a hand in all three Bengals turnovers. He twice intercepted Bengals QB Andy Dalton, and he forced an A.J. Green fumble recovered by S Ryan Clark in Pittsburgh territory. The interceptions were the first of the 24-year-old Allen’s NFL career. Allen shared credit for the takeaways with his teammates, saying that the defense’s collective play “enabled me to make the plays I did.’


    Improved technique will be a focus of Allen’s offseason workouts. He figures to be no worse than the Steelers’ third cornerback in 2013, and a starting spot is quite possible, especially if Keenan Lewis departs in free agency.


    We may look back and see 2012 as a “bridge” season of sorts for Allen, a campaign where he showed he could be a consistent contributor for an older defense that will need its younger players to continue to step forward.


    “I do feel like I’ve progressed a little each week,” Allen said.

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    I like Cortez a lot. Hope we bring back Keenan as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucktownsteeler View Post
    I like Cortez a lot. Hope we bring back Keenan as well.
    Same. They're the future of our defensive secondary.

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    The future could be now if Lewis gets a decent offer elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    The future could be now if Lewis gets a decent offer elsewhere.
    I think the Steelers offer him a nice contract and he stays, especially if they do the same with Wallace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch98 View Post
    I think the Steelers offer him a nice contract and he stays, especially if they do the same with Wallace.
    I agree. The Steelers look as if they have two young corners who could be more than adequate as starters in Lewis and Allen. But for this to happen (signing Lewis), Ike Taylor is going to have to be released. And I think that is the best move...considering the amount over the cap the Steelers are and the fact that Ike will be 33 next season and on the downside of his career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    The future could be now if Lewis gets a decent offer elsewhere.
    Lewis looked like a young Ike this season 0 INT's. He should stick around for awhile like Ike I hope. Now Cortez looks like a playmaker better sign him up before he hits the open market in a couple years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucktownsteeler View Post
    I like Cortez a lot. Hope we bring back Keenan as well.
    I don't like him "a lot", but I do like him. Lewis too. (Curtis Brown flopped as a corner though. I'm convinced he is nothing more than a special teams maven, who I don't even like to have playing in dime defenses.

    Ike/Keenan are both solid, #2 corners who did grow this year. Neither shows top-notch potential & big-play making ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    I don't like him "a lot", but I do like him. Lewis too. (Curtis Brown flopped as a corner though. I'm convinced he is nothing more than a special teams maven, who I don't even like to have playing in dime defenses.

    Ike/Keenan are both solid, #2 corners who did grow this year. Neither shows top-notch potential & big-play making ability.
    I totally disagree. Lewis showed #1 corner potential this season, especially before he got injured. Cortez also showed he's got the tools to make the big play. He goes up for the ball and challenges it every chance he gets and because of his size he does it a lot. He's only going to get better, the same can be said for Lewis. I'd also argue that Ike is a number 1 corner he just has terrible hands.
    Last edited by Snatch98; 12-31-2012 at 05:04 PM.

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    Not good that Gay finally became an NFL CB only to leave via FA, and now Lewis starts and looks good then becomes a FA, and now we are talking about Allen maybe being ready in year 3 if Lewis leaves.

    does the CB's steep learning curve have anything to do with recognizing when they have no safety help by reading what Troy is up to? If so, I would rather our SS play SS and not a 5th LB at the LOS.
    Last edited by Mister Pittsburgh; 12-31-2012 at 07:27 AM.

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