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    Tomlin ‘Excited’ About CB Justin Layne

    Tomlin ‘Excited’ About CB Justin Layne

    By Alex Kozora
    Posted on May 15, 2020

    A player’s second year is the one Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers view as critical. The “sophomore leap.” No longer are their heads swimming with the transition to the NFL and all that it brings; new coaches, new scheme, new pressure. Consider CB Justin Layne in that boat and Tomlin, speaking with fans on a Steelers Nation Unite conference call.

    Here’s what Tomlin said via the team website.

    “And the cornerback position, we’re really excited about Justin Layne in the same way [as Devin Bush] was a rookie a year ago. We took him out of Michigan State, he was inactive early on and then carved out a role for himself as a special teamer. So he’s going through the natural participation developmental process and really distinguished himself in a positive way in a practice setting over the second half of the year. Those are usually signs that a guy’s going to take the step in the second year. So we’re excited about him and his development and what he might bring to us at the cornerback position.”

    Layne ultimately played ten games as a rookie. He logged 90 snaps, all on special teams, ultimately overtaking Artie Burns as a starting gunner on punt coverage midway through the year. He played reasonably well there, recording three tackles.

    His time on defense was exclusive to the preseason was less than stellar. It started with a rocky preseason opener against Tampa Bay, getting thrown to the fire as a starter due to injury. Here’s what we wrote on Layne coming out of his first training camp.

    “Justin Layne: Took his lumps, especially in the opener against Tampa Bay, but that’s to be expected. He’s raw, lacking strength and technique in stopping the run. But he’s got “want to” as a tackler and did well defending the ball vertically. Consider 2019 a redshirt year, when healthy, he should be inactive, but we’ll see what progression he makes next year.

    Camp Grade: C“

    Predictably an up-and-down rookie year. That’s no surprise. Layne came out a year early, making him a should-be senior in 2019, and was billed as a relatively raw player transitioning from wide receiver. So it’s unfair to paint his rookie season as anything resembling a complete player. But that makes 2020 a big year in figuring out who he is and if he can provide valuable cornerback depth behind Steven Nelson and Joe Haden. Let’s hope Tomlin’s optimism rings true.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2020/05/to...-justin-layne/

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    Yea like they were excited about Sutton, Allen, Golson, Burns, ect. We have to hit on ONE of these CBs, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whisper View Post
    Yea like they were excited about Sutton, Allen, Golson, Burns, ect. We have to hit on ONE of these CBs, right?
    aren’t we always excited to see what we have in our player?
    Tomlin’s coming back so what can you do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by whisper View Post
    Yea like they were excited about Sutton, Allen, Golson, Burns, ect. We have to hit on ONE of these CBs, right?
    Why wouldn't someone be excited and optimistic about a player that grew during the first year heading into his second year?

    What's important is the overall team that the organization can build regardless of players that are misses or hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL View Post
    Why wouldn't someone be excited and optimistic about a player that grew during the first year heading into his second year?

    What's important is the overall team that the organization can build regardless of players that are misses or hits.
    at the end of the day, you are right Burgh86steel. But we've had a woeful inability to hit on players that can play well in the secondary so there is more of a microscope on Layne then a lot of other
    developmental guys. It would really go a long way in him developing to be "that guy". We need to hit with him; We are over due to hit on a good player for the secondary.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (A 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks.
    Dolphin fans in the 90’s who wanted to hold on to Don Shula for what he did in the 70’s...

    Are the same as Steeler fans (of 2020 ) holding on to Tomlin for what he did in 2008.

    [url]http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums/showthread.php/50121-A-Positive-View-of-they-Draft/page17[/url]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    at the end of the day, you are right Burgh86steel. But we've had a woeful inability to hit on players that can play well in the secondary so there is more of a microscope on Layne then a lot of other
    developmental guys. It would really go a long way in him developing to be "that guy". We need to hit with him; We are over due to hit on a good player for the secondary.
    /\ /\ /\ blammo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    at the end of the day, you are right Burgh86steel. But we've had a woeful inability to hit on players that can play well in the secondary so there is more of a microscope on Layne then a lot of other
    developmental guys. It would really go a long way in him developing to be "that guy". We need to hit with him; We are over due to hit on a good player for the secondary.
    I really don't care about the team's track record on drafting secondary players. It is what it is. At the end of the day my focus is on how well the can build a competitive team. Simply because there are always going to be strengths and weaknesses. Will the team be good enough to overcome their weaknesses? The Steelers were not able to over come the weaknesses of the back up QB position and injuries/depth they suffered last season. That's understandable and life in sports.

    It would be nice if Lane developed into a good player. They don't need for him to develop into "that guy". They don't get any bonus points one way or another. If Lane works out great. If not the team will move one. They will find another guy to play the position. After all some people are going to be critical no matter the outcome of the players that were drafted regardless of position. It's like a never ending news cycle of the same news.

    One great thing about the NFL is there are always ways to improve the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL View Post
    I really don't care about the team's track record on drafting secondary players. It is what it is. At the end of the day my focus is on how well the can build a competitive team. Simply because there are always going to be strengths and weaknesses. Will the team be good enough to overcome their weaknesses? The Steelers were not able to over come the weaknesses of the back up QB position and injuries/depth they suffered last season. That's understandable and life in sports.

    It would be nice if Lane developed into a good player. They don't need for him to develop into "that guy". They don't get any bonus points one way or another. If Lane works out great. If not the team will move one. They will find another guy to play the position. After all some people are going to be critical no matter the outcome of the players that were drafted regardless of position. It's like a never ending news cycle of the same news.

    One great thing about the NFL is there are always ways to improve the team.
    The weakness will be addressed; Weather we address that weakness adequately is the ultimate question.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (A 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks.
    Dolphin fans in the 90’s who wanted to hold on to Don Shula for what he did in the 70’s...

    Are the same as Steeler fans (of 2020 ) holding on to Tomlin for what he did in 2008.

    [url]http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums/showthread.php/50121-A-Positive-View-of-they-Draft/page17[/url]

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL View Post
    I really don't care about the team's track record on drafting secondary players. It is what it is. At the end of the day my focus is on how well the can build a competitive team. Simply because there are always going to be strengths and weaknesses. Will the team be good enough to overcome their weaknesses? The Steelers were not able to over come the weaknesses of the back up QB position and injuries/depth they suffered last season. That's understandable and life in sports.

    It would be nice if Lane developed into a good player. They don't need for him to develop into "that guy". They don't get any bonus points one way or another. If Lane works out great. If not the team will move one. They will find another guy to play the position. After all some people are going to be critical no matter the outcome of the players that were drafted regardless of position. It's like a never ending news cycle of the same news.

    One great thing about the NFL is there are always ways to improve the team.
    Their draft record on secondary players notwithstanding, the Steelers also struggle with developing secondary talent. That's a double whammy.

    Where's the Munchak of the secondary!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    But we've had a woeful inability to hit on players that can play well in the secondary so there is more of a microscope on Layne then a lot of other
    developmental guys. It would really go a long way in him developing to be "that guy". We need to hit with him; We are over due to hit on a good player for the secondary.
    Not trying to stir the pot too much here, but at some point, when the history of one area of defense is so solidly bad, someone has to ask if we are doing something wrong systemically.
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