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    Default Battle brews in secondary

    IMO, competition is always a good thing, and we need it at that position... With Lewis coming into his own, and McFadden back, it should provide for a much improved secondary...
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    Battle brews in Steelers' secondary
    By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Friday, August 20, 2010

    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.

    [IMGR]http://i33.tinypic.com/rlckcj.jpg[/IMGR]"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."

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    I am getting the impression that the front office is intending to let Ike walk after this season, unless he is willing to take a serious hometown discount.

    I read an article recently, that his performance last season was almost as poor as Gays'.

    The rankings were based upon 1st downs, TDs, and YAC given up- IIRC.

    I'll try to find the link-

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    Default Re: Battle brews in secondary

    More to the point-

    I'm excited to see what KLew can do. I always thought he'd be best suited to play Safety, but who knows- maybe he's better than I thought, or just the FO and coaching staff know more than I do. shocker, i know..


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    Default Re: Battle brews in secondary

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    I am getting the impression that the front office is intending to let Ike walk after this season, unless he is willing to take a serious hometown discount.

    I read an article recently, that his performance last season was almost as poor as Gays'.
    I actually wouldn't be suprised if they do let him walk unless he takes the discount... Especially with some of the promising signs we're seeing.

    ... As for his performance, I am almost of the mindset that the majority of the team (obviously a few exceptions) had a down year, and I'm pretty much offering-up the mulligan for last year.
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