The Pittsburgh Steelers held their fourth OTA practice of the offseason on Tuesday and while we really won’t get a great idea as to how all of the rookies look until training camp gets underway, at least we are beginning to find out where exactly they’re fitting in on the team depth chart.
After Tuesday’s practice, rookie cornerback Senquez Golson let the media know where he’s mostly been lining up at during the practices.
“Mainly a little second-team nickel, third-team corner and nickel,” Golson said, according to Mike Prisuta of steelers.com “It just depends on the rotation they have out there.”
Knowing whether or not things are beginning to slow down for the Steelers younger players is always useful information and when it comes to Golson, the news appears to be positive for the Mississippi product.
“Rookie camp went well for me but I just wanted to get out here with the older guys and see how that was going to go. Little faster; everything’s starting to slow down, that’s a good thing,” Golson said, according to Prisuta.
Prisuta also reports that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is doing his part in letting his young defensive teammates know how they are doing in coverage as he’s apparently letting them know it when he completes a pass against them and such was the case at least once last week with Golson.
Golson told Prisuta that while he hasn’t recorded an interception in practice as of yet, he has gotten his hands on a few balls. Being as he led the SEC with 10 interceptions in 2014, it’s probably only a matter of time before he starts corralling a few passes in practices.
The undersized cornerback is also getting a lot of experience at defending one of the league’s best wide receivers in Antonio Brown and that should also help in speed up Golson’s development.
“What better work can you get?’ Golson asked.
Golson comes off as a smart kid and a hard worker and at this stage of the offseason those are great attributes for any Steelers rookie to have. While he will likely have a hard time cracking the Steelers starting defense as a rookie, he’s sure to get some playing time in 2015. By the sound of things, his young career with the Steelers is off to a great start.