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BlitzburghRockCity
08-20-2010, 12:17 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_695638.html

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't endorse veteran Bryant McFadden as a starter when asked Thursday about the competition at left cornerback between McFadden and second-year player Keenan Lewis during training camp.
Yesterday was the final day of camp at St. Vincent College. The Steelers concluded practice for Saturday night's second preseason game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium.
"I think that Keenan Lewis has really had a good camp and showing that he's maybe prepared to take the next step," Tomlin said during his news conference. "We're going to continue to give him looks and exposure. If he makes enough plays and gets our attention, we'll consider playing him if he's worthy."
Tomlin did not say if Lewis would start against the Giants.
Asked about McFadden, who practiced with the first-team defense throughout camp and started in last week's preseason opener against Detroit, Tomlin replied, "He's doing a rock-solid job. He's re-acclimated himself to being here and how we do things. We like B-Mac. We like the way he not only plays but works, and the kind of teammate he is. That's why we brought him back."
The Steelers re-acquired McFadden, the team's second-round draft pick in 2005, in a draft-day trade with Arizona along with a sixth-round selection for a fifth-round choice. McFadden signed a three-year contract extension.
Earlier in the week, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and defensive backs coach Ray Horton spoke with reporters about an open competition at left cornerback. McFadden said he's working under the assumption that he's the starter.
"I'm really not factoring in anything that's being said. I haven't asked any questions since day one," McFadden said. "They told me to come in and play good football like I was when I left, and that's what I'm trying to do. I haven't heard anything. I'm just doing what they tell me to do and going off that."
Tomlin said Lewis impressed the coaching staff with a play he made in the rear of the end zone in the first half of last Saturday's 23-7 win, breaking up a potential 18-yard touchdown pass to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.
"He was put in some interesting situations last week against a quality, quality receiver," Tomlin said.
On the play in question, Lewis, listed at 6 feet, timed his leap and deflected a pass intended for the 6-5 Johnson.
Four plays later, however, Johnson burned Lewis when he feigned a move to the rear of the end zone but stopped short and made a 2-yard touchdown catch that left Lewis back on his heels.
In the same drive, Lewis had difficulty covering Nate Burleson, who caught two passes against him including one in which he broke the cornerback's tackle.
Part of Lewis' assignment against Detroit featured him playing a more prominent role inside the Steelers' 20. It's the same role that other young Steelers cornerbacks such as McFadden and Ricardo Colclough played until they became more familiar with the defense.
Unless he is told otherwise, McFadden is preparing to start against the Giants.
"I feel like I've been playing pretty good. I'm just happy to have an opportunity to continue to play football at a high level, and that's what I will do," McFadden said. "I really don't read into what this person is saying or that person is saying. There's only a select few that's down here on the field with us."


This is a great problem to have, if Lewis continues to have a good preseason we could find ourselves with not just 2 solid CB's out there but through in Lewis and we could have one seriously good secondary. This is going to be a fun group to watch over the next 3 preseason games.

K Train
08-20-2010, 08:41 AM
id like to see lewis rotate with bmac like gay did in 08, lewis isnt a NB though hes not quick enough, but i like him on the outside.

keep gay, burnett and butler as the nickel and dimers

andyg1984
08-20-2010, 09:20 AM
still thinking this is a top 1 or 2 position from a need perspective come draft time next year .. ike does not look the same and b-mac to me is not a pure cover guy so i think that leaves us exposed sooner than later .. hope the value is there and that is makes sense to draft a CB ... amukamra, williams, dowling? peterson will hopefully involve a move up?

K Train
08-20-2010, 09:29 AM
we need a better FS more than a CB....ike and mcfadden are very very physical and great in run support and with a good pressure defense (something i think we will have this year) they will excel.

ryan clark pisses me off though.

team needs to me are LT, FS, NT, DE, MLB, CB

i do love me some peterson and prince though, i think dowling is more of a safety

Zachintosh66
08-20-2010, 09:49 AM
love to see positive DB articles with no mention of Gay...

LatrobePA
08-20-2010, 10:18 AM
As much as I hated Gay last year I do think he'll have a much better 2010.

harpo
08-20-2010, 10:54 AM
love to see positive DB articles with no mention of Gay...

Man, your sig is just too funny.....lol. :lol:

andyg1984
08-20-2010, 01:47 PM
we need a better FS more than a CB....ike and mcfadden are very very physical and great in run support and with a good pressure defense (something i think we will have this year) they will excel.

ryan clark pisses me off though.

team needs to me are LT, FS, NT, DE, MLB, CB

i do love me some peterson and prince though, i think dowling is more of a safety

yeah, i am not a clark fan at all and could def go for some rahim moore .. i don't like that knock you out but get burnt all the time thing clark is known for .. but for me ike is overrrrated and so is b-mac and two years from now is what i am worried about ..

coldrolled
08-20-2010, 01:47 PM
Crezdon needs to blow them all away. then we have another tall CB...