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The Steelers will be without corner-back Ike Taylor for the first time in 135 games. An ankle fracture will keep Taylor from extending a very impressive consecutive games streak. In his place will be Cortez Allen who will start opposite Keenan Lewis. Moving up in the depth chart is Curtis Brown, who hasn’t seen much playing time so far his first two NFL seasons.
Brown and Allen were drafted in back-to-back rounds in the 2011 NFL Draft to help solidify the defensive back-field and today will be their first real chance to show what they can do.
Brown will be playing on the outside in the nickle package leaving Allen at his normal spot inside. Brown played outside during his years at Texas and was considered a more polished player when he and Allen were drafted by the Steelers.
However, Allen quickly passed Brown in the depth chart and Brown has been waiting for his chance to show he has what it takes to be an NFL player. Today will likely be that chance. The Chargers like to throw the ball and they are sure to target the Steelers young corners.
San Diego has two very tall wide receivers in Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander who both stand 6’5”. Those two receivers will create size mis-matches with the Steelers corners. It will be up to Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen to slow down these receivers for most of the game, but when Brown does get on the field he will need to keep them from making plays as well. NFL teams are smart and they will target new players and young players and Brown fits both categories.
Cortez Allen is also sure to get tested again this week. When Ike Taylor went down last week against the Ravens Allen became the target for the Baltimore offense. They attacked him early and often and found some success with Anquan Boldin, who was using physicality to make plays against Brown.
Phillip Rivers has thrown the ball thirty-plus times in almost every game this season and have thrown the ball forty times in four games. That means these young corners are sure to see a lot of work today against the Chargers offense.
The Steelers defense has been very good the last three weeks and will need solid play from their corners to keep that going. If Rivers and the Chargers find success in the passing game by targeting these young players it could be the only thing that keeps them in the game.
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