During his talk with the media on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made it clear that we could see changes at the cornerback position in Sunday’s night game against the Indianapolis Colts. While seldom-used cornerback Brandon Boykin figures to be the main beneficiary of the perceived forthcoming changes, according to Tomlin, the head coach also talked a little bit about rookie cornerback Doran Grant on Tuesday.
“He’s on the 53,” said Tomlin of Grant, who was drafted this year by the Steelers in the fourth round out of Ohio State. “We’re going to work him this week. We’re going to make determinations about who gets hatted and who gets an opportunity based on that. I’m not going to discount his presence because he’s on the active roster.”
Tomlin has a way with words, but in summation, I don’t think Grant should be considered to be a lock to dress Sunday night against the Colts. Since being signed to the team’s 53 man roster from the practice squad several weeks ago, Grant has only dressed for one game and he failed to see the field on special teams that one time.
If Grant is active Sunday night, however, it could come at the expense of cornerback Antwon Blake, who is clearly not fully healthy right now. Blake, however, is still playing weekly on special teams, so that might factor into Tomlin’s decision as well.