Keenan Lewis made the bold prediction that he looking to make the pro bowl this season. Now the pro bowl might not even happen but they'll still elect a pro bowl team even if they don't play.
Either way it's a bold prediction from a guy who's in a battle for the starting job. I don't know why exactly but I'm really pulling for him. He's been in some trouble but last year took some big steps towards what is hopefully a bright future.
I'd love to see a defender from the Steelers in the pro bowl, that is a cornerback. Although if Lewis makes it then Ike Taylor better make it too; which presents a rather interesting scenario to look forward too.
From the Post Gazette:
Perhaps Keenan Lewis got ahead of himself on just the third day of spring practice for the Steelers. He has yet to win the starting job at left cornerback and has two second-year players nipping at his heels.
It did not prevent him from making a bold prediction, and he did so by blowing right past the idea that anyone other than him would be the starting left cornerback.
"Pro Bowl," Lewis predicted for himself this season. "Watch out, this is going to be a big year right here."
Reaching his goal would be a surprise in more ways than one, including the fact that the Steelers have not had an official Pro Bowl cornerback since Rod Woodson in the 1996 season, although an asterisk should be put on that one.
Lewis, in fact, was on the right track when he answered that trivia question: "Coach Lake?"
Indeed, Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake split time between strong safety and cornerback in 1997 and was voted to the Pro Bowl as a safety.
Either way, the Steelers have not had a Pro Bowl cornerback for 15 years. Some of his teammates believe Ike Taylor should have made it, but he hasn't.
Lewis has the size (6 feet, 208 pounds) and talent to do so, but first he'll have to win that starting job after two years of mostly special teams play and then his move up to cornerback in the nickel defense last season.
He said Lake has been working to help him improve, and most of that involves learning, ironic because Lewis was a four-time academic All-Pac 10 at Oregon State.
"I'm trying to find things I need to work on from last year," said Lewis, who added he wants to become "more a student of the game.
"'I have all the athletic ability and things like that, just knowing things better will make me a step faster."