A back injury derailed rookie cornerback Keenan Lewis for most of the 2009 season. However, he's healthy again and working hard to make the strides demanded of a second-year Steelers player. It's conceivable that the youngster could push Bryant McFadden -- who returned from a one-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals after the William Gay Experiment went awry -- for a spot opposite Ike Taylor. Here's Lewis, in his own words:
I am coming out here to be the best, not the No. 2. I got guys in front of me right now, but I plan on coming out here every day and work[ing] on something from my game to help me get better.
Well, he's certainly saying the right things. Steelers fans have to love hearing that kind of confidence and dedication from an up-and-comer.
Lewis looked pretty good in preseason action against a tough assignment, Calvin Johnson -- the
man beast they call "Megatron." Although Johnson eventually beat Lewis on a timing route for a score, it was preceded by Lewis deflecting a pass in the end zone against Johnson in man coverage.
McFadden has been lining up with the first team in camp, but the coaching staff isn't ruling out siding with the younger, speedier Lewis. Look for him to lineup in the nickel spot in 2010.