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Some of you may have read that title and asked yourself: who? That’s exactly the problem the Steelers are facing heading into Sunday’s game. Two of the corners that will see the most playing time for the Steelers this weekend have played a total of one half of football for the team so far this season.
Josh Victorian was called up from the practice squad last week to give the Steelers depth on the roster. When second year corner Curtis Brown was struggling to stop the Chargers passing game, however, Victorian was put into the game.
“He made a play, and I thought he knew his assignments well,” LeBeau said of Victorian’s performance against the Chargers. “We’ve had him since training camp, and he’s always impressed us as a playmaker. I think he’ll make a good account of himself in there.”
Victorian has shown that he can play well in coverage and he has good instincts. During the pre-season Victorian jumped a route for an interception and last week he did the same thing and knocked away a Phillip Rivers pass that he almost intercepted.
With Curtis Brown struggling mightily last week, especially on third down, Victorian or Rob Golden may get the start opposite Keenan Lewis. Lewis may be the only remaining starter from the last two weeks with Ike Taylor nursing a fractured ankle and Cortez Allen battling a groin injury.
Rob Golden was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona this season. He earned himself a roster spot out of training camp due to his ability to play both corner and safety.
Golden displayed good things during training camp and the pre-season, but he has not seen the field on defense during the regular season. He has played primarily on special teams, but is sure to see his first action against the Cowboys with the Steelers secondary depleted due to injuries.
“I just have to be ready for wherever they want to put me in,” Golden said. “I can play nickel, I play corner and I also play safety. When they call my number, I just need to be ready to go out there and perform. I feel like I had a great week of preparation. I just want to go out there and play well for the team.”
Dez Bryant is set to play for the Cowboys, despite a broken finger, and Tony Romo has been playing well in recent weeks. That makes things even more pressing for the Steelers young secondary which will need a much better game than last week to help out the defense.
Last week the Steelers allowed the Chargers to convert twelve of twenty-two third down opportunities. Many of those came threw the air and the Cowboys will be sure to attack the Steelers young corners as the Chargers did a week ago.
Some fans may remember watching Phillip Rivers hitting Danario Alexander for a touchdown over the outstretched hand of Josh Victorian last Sunday. However, that play may have been some of the best coverage the Steelers played all day and was only converted for a score because of a perfect throw and catch by the Chargers.
Sunday will be a chance for Victorian and Golden to show that they belong in the NFL and could earn them roster spots for the rest of this season and next year as well. For Curtis Brown this game could be a chance to redeem himself and show that he is growing as a corner. So far in his two seasons Brown has been unimpressive and will need to make strides to continue to hold a roster spot.
“Sunday is a great opportunity not only for me but for our entire young secondary group to show that we can play,” said Victorian, who played at Louisiana Tech. “I think it will be great for us.”
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