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Thread: Team to Keep Davis at SS, Put Burnett at FS

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    Team to Keep Davis at SS, Put Burnett at FS

    At least it seems that's Tomlin's initial inclination (according to Tomlin). He's open to switching them later, though, if need be.

    A bit of a surprise perhaps, because the buzz seemed to be that Davis would be moving to FS.

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2018/04/mike-tomlin-says-morgan-burnett-expected-to-get-first-chance-at-free-safety/

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    The FS is generally the guy in the defensive secondary who relays the calls to the rest of the DBs...Burnett did it well in Capers’ defense...the safeties in the Steelers D are functionally interchangeable much of the time...

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    I would rather have Davis' wheels for balls in the air downfield and Burnett's tackling more up in the box. I'm sure he can communicate with the DB's just as good in the SS spot. The Mack or Buck is usually the one to flip a coverage or audible quickly before the snap anyway, no?
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    hopefully there will be a correction in camp. A flip flop.

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    Heard the PC today where they said that by the end of camp they don't know who will be lining up at SS and who will be at FS. Doesn't matter who starts the OTAs at which position, it's where they finish

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    James Conner will be lining up as the starting RB in training camp, but will be the backup RB when the season starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    James Conner will be lining up as the starting RB in training camp, but will be the backup RB when the season starts.
    Maybe; maybe not. LOL

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    Keith Butler, like the rest of us, is unsure of who will start at safety in 2018

    The Pittsburgh Steelers suddenly have a plethora of safeties on their roster, but no one knows who will play or where they will play.

    By Jeff Hartman
    Jun 23, 2018, 10:48am EDT

    Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers’ depth chart at the safety position wasn’t very impressive: Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden.

    With Mitchell constantly hurt, Wilcox’s playing time decreasing every week and Golden being more of a special-teams ace than quality depth, things were dire at the position. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the team decided to completely rebuild the position this offseason.

    On the first day of free agency, both Mitchell and Golden were released. Then, after the 2018 NFL Draft, Wilcox was given his release as well.

    This left Sean Davis as the lone safety from the previous regime, but it’s not as if the organization didn’t restock the shelves.

    Morgan Burnett and Nat Berhe were signed via free agency, and Terrell Edmunds and Marcus Allen were added via the draft process.

    The question now remains, who will play and where will they play? As it turns out, even defensive coordinator Keith Butler isn’t sure of the answer to these questions.

    “Who’s going to be the post safety, who’s going to be down in the box, we haven’t made that decision yet. We’ll wait until training camp.” Butler told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Okay, so you don’t know for sure who will be opening the regular season as the starting safety tandem. That’s okay, but not even to have a clue? Butler might be yanking our chain, or is he?

    The players he has available now are quite athletic and versatile, but they’re also at completely different stages of their careers. The veteran in Burnett, Davis being the veteran in the Steelers’ system, plus rookies Edmunds and Allen. Nonetheless, Butler is impressed by what he’s seen from Edmunds so far during offseason workouts.

    “I like Terrell, he’s very vocal, that’s the great thing about him, but he hasn’t played at the NFL level. We know Morgan can play. We know [Sean Davis] can play, we know S.D. has a lot of range.” Butler said.

    So, to sum things up:

    There’s a ton of talent and versatility at the safety position this year for the Black-and-gold, but if you’re trying to predict which players get the starting nod in Week 1 — good luck.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2018/6/23/17495968/keith-butler-like-the-rest-of-us-unsure-of-who-will-start-at-safety-2018-sean-davis-morgan-burnett
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    When we are in base I would believe Davis would be the lead candidate to play single high. Has the triangle for that n can play the ball in the air. MM sucked at that. Solid tackler not great tackler but I would feel safe with him there and allow Edmunds or whomever to play closer to the los.
    We will see 2-2-7 this year n part of that will be bigger nickle 4 safeties so there will be a bunch of moving parts to this secondary. Camp will have all eyes on our db's and I'll try to get you updates there as I see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City Inc. View Post
    When we are in base I would believe Davis would be the lead candidate to play single high. Has the triangle for that n can play the ball in the air. MM sucked at that. Solid tackler not great tackler but I would feel safe with him there and allow Edmunds or whomever to play closer to the los.
    We will see 2-2-7 this year n part of that will be bigger nickle 4 safeties so there will be a bunch of moving parts to this secondary. Camp will have all eyes on our db's and I'll try to get you updates there as I see them.
    thanks IC, I have always enjoyed your camp updates. it's definitely on my bucket list to attend a Steelers camp in person one year...

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