As a result of the injury suffered Monday by Pittsburgh Steelers second-year cornerback Senquez Golson, rookie safety Sean Davis is now reportedly taking snaps with the first-team defense as the nickel slot defender.
Sean Davis first team slot with Golson hurt. #Steelers
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) August 1, 2016
Davis, who was drafted in the second round this year out of Maryland, played cornerback during his senior year after previously playing safety in previous seasons.
Davis taking reps at the slot corner position for the Steelers is not new, however, as he has been playing that position on the second-team since training camp got underway in addition to playing their some during the team’s offseason practices when Golson missed practice time with a soft tissue injury.
We obviously don’t know the extent of Golson’s injury just yet and we’ll have to wait and see just how much head coach Mike Tomlin expounds on it after Monday’s practice is over. If it winds up being a long term injury, Davis might very well end up with the starting slot job by the start of the regular season.
Davis was unlikely to crack the starting lineup as a safety by the start of the season as Robert Golden is still the presumed starter alongside veteran Mike Mitchell.
If Golson’s injury shelves him for a while, the Steelers will likely have to add another defensive back to their 90-man roster in the coming days.