Keenan Lewis Could Push Bryant McFadden For Starting Cornerback Gig

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.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.