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Ike Taylor Injury: Fibula injury could keep Steelers cornerback out 2-6 weeks

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Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Keenan Lewis Injured During Day Four of Training Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished off their first set of practices today with what is being called a competitive and spirited practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe focusing offensively on the short passing and running games. These two elements of the offense have been a hot topic since new offensive coordinator Todd Haley was brought in.This …

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Steelers 2012 Position Battles: Cornerback

The Steelers have 2 open Cornerback positions at the moment.  They need a starting CB across from Ike Taylor and they need a nickel cornerback.  This could be a very heated battle this year.  There are three young up and coming players who have shown promise and will fight it out for these spots.
This will be a big year for the Steelers.  They went from William Gay and Bryant McFadden who are guys that have started in this league to guys who have rarely seen the field.  Keenan Lewis has absorbed the most playing time but still is an untested youngster.  Cortez Allen played off and on before his injury and Curtis Brown while a special teams demon did not play defense this past season.  These guys will be tested this year and we will see if the Steelers are ready for the future or if the team will need to look at the secondary heading into next offseason.
All three of these guys will have a role on this team.  There are 3 of them and there is a starter, nickel and dime position to be …

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Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor is Still Haunted by the Loss to Denver in the Playoffs

Even with the excitement building for the 2012 season many Pittsburgh Steelers fans have the disappointing overtime loss to the Denver Broncos etched into their psyche. Like those fans, cornerback Ike Taylor still has the memory fresh in his head, going as far to tell the media during his annual football camp at Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna, Louisiana, that he will do everything in his power to make up for that final play.The Steelers will need another big season from Taylor as the make-up of the cornerback position looks to be a lot younger in 2012. In fact, the team will definitely look for him to provide leadership to a group of cornerbacks who lack starter experience. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, that group of players will not only need to play hard, but they must be effective.  

During this press session with Albert Burford of The Times-Picayune, Taylor also believes that teammate Mike Wallace and the Steelers will reach an agreement allowing the Pro Bowl wide re…

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Steelers cornerback Lewis sees chance

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Fri, 25 May 2012 17:23:22

You can count Keenan Lewis’ NFL starts on one finger.
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Talkin’ Cornerbacks: Steelers’ Starting Cornerback in 2012 Not As Important as Positional Depth


The Steelers depth at cornerback should be one of their strength in 2012, but it’s also one of its biggest question marks.

Such is the way of things for NFL cornerbacks. Every play, hero or goat. Riding that thin line between greatness and ridicule, it is, next to quarterback, the toughest mental position on the field. The Steelers will ride into training camp with one definite starter, CB Ike Taylor, and three younger players vying for the starting spot opposite Taylor – CBs Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown.

Who’s going to start?

This is a classic position of competition. Due to the mental rigors of it, all must be challenged intensely before any “winner” can be named. It would be unwise to name one now, but expect Lewis to emerge as the starting cornerback opposite Taylor after a tough competition from emerging stud Allen.

It’s almost necessary nowadays to name the nickel defensive back a starter as well, and Allen, due to his size and strength, will continue his growth as an outstanding slot defender, will hold down nickel duties.

Lewis (who turned 26 Thursday) and Allen both did well last season essentially as in-season replacements for CB Bryant McFadden, who went from starter to non-participator as 2011 went on. Both played nickel duties, Lewis on the outside when former Steelers CB William Gay shifted inside, and Allen inside in dime packages, most notably, against the high-powered Patriots offense in Week 8.

How much does the “starter” tag really matter?

I suppose it will for Lewis’s upcoming contract negotiations (he’ll play this season with a restricted free agency 1-year deal, and be unrestricted next year), but both he and Allen have the ability to play inside rather than outside. Lewis has the advantage of much more experience than Allen (29 games to 15, and Lewis was in on 404 snaps last year to 60 for Allen), so on one hand, it’s silly to etch either of their name in stone next to “CB2.” On the other, both should expect to see the field plenty often this year.

What about Brown?

Even with an increasingly impressive special teams resume, Brown just simply looks like the odd man out in a talented, young positional race. Certainly, we aren’t casting him out permanently, it’s only May, and it’s a very long season. That’s the nice part about depth at a position. Things can – and will – change.

At the very least, Brown looks like a top-end special teams gunner, and will continue to fill that kind of role in 2012.

Is this position locked up for the foreseeable future?

We’ve spent much time talking about the revamped offensive line, but before that, the priority investment seemed to be at cornerback. The genius part of the Steelers’ previous future plan at the position was they scored big on younger players who fit a mold; tall, long and athletic. While having to fit in a guy like McFadden for transitional purposes, the Steelers drafted Lewis out of Oregon State in the third round of the 2009 draft, and Brown (Texas) in the third round, and Allen (The Citadel) in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Mix in a swing-and-a-miss with fifth-rounder Joe Burnett in 2009, the Steelers invested just as heavily in cornerback as they recently have in offensive line, just without the big-time dollar amount or height of picks. The amount of money they’ve saved in building quality depth as opposed to giving out massive contracts to free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha has been more than beneficial, and it’s something that will continue for the next few years.

Lewis could be the starter in 2012. Allen could be as well. With Lewis set to hit free agency, they have flexibility in the sense he’s not an absolute must-sign (at this point anyway).

Also, they all are really system guys; physical, big zone corners (with the ability to play man, just not a ton of tape to show potential free agent suitors) with athleticism. It’s the Steelers’ defense’s highest value position on the roster – most talent for the least amount of money.

They’re going to reap the benefits of their investment in 2012.

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Steelers replace Mendenhall on roster with cornerback Anthony Madison

The Steelers enter the postseason with a season-ending knee injury to their top tailback, Rashard Mendenhall. On Tuesday, the Steelers placed Mendenhall on injured reserve.  His roster spot was filled not by another running back, but by a veteran cornerback. Anthony Madison provides depth for a secondary that will be without one of its primary…

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Cornerback Curtis Brown proving to be special

Steelers rookie cornerback Curtis Brown hasn’t worked himself into the defensive rotation, but he’s easily the team’s special teams player of the year.

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Face Me Ike on his way out

With the NFL lockout still looming, the Steelers have had plenty of time to plan their free agency strategy.  The question remains…

Will the Steelers resign the 31 year old, Ike Taylor?  Taylor has been the only proven cornerback  in the Steelers secondary over the past several years.  But Taylor is over 30 and wants to be paid.  The Steelers, more than any other team in the NFL, do not pay big money to players on the downside of their career.  Taylor doesn’t feel confident in the Steelers’ ability to resign him:

I see myself being anywhere I need to be. Wherever you put me, I’m going to make home….I just leave it up to my agent and Pittsburgh.When it comes down to getting serious, I’m sure my agent is going to call me. Other than that, he’ll let me know when the time is right.

I need that market value. I work so hard. I’ve been through so much, I feel so unappreciated, feel so underrated at my position, I feel like it’s my time to get my worth, in whatever city that’s in.

Most fans, including myself fear that our secondary will get burnt by the likes of Brady, Brees, Manning and Rodgers moreso than usual without Ike.  The Steelers have shown little ability to draft quality cornerbacks over recent years (see Keenan Lewis).  Hopefully one of the young guys step up and replace Ike if he indeed leaves and follows the money.

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