The Steelers drafted a cornerback in the second round of the draft this past April, the first time they had taken a cornerback that early in over a decade. Now Steelers fans will have to wait even longer to see that draft pick play out in the Steelers secondary.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Friday that second-round pick cornerback Senquez Golson could be out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the surgery before Friday’s final training camp practice in Latrobe but wouldn’t commit to forecasting how much time Golson is expected to miss.
Golson has been on the PUP list since camp began and the surgery was a decision the team had waited on in the hopes Golson would be able to recover; or at least start picking up some of the defensive playbook during camp.
On August 1st the Steelers signed some secondary insurance in the form of a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for Brandon Boykin. Boykin has been practicing well since arriving in Latrobe and there were reports that he was coveted by the Steelers during his draft days so the trade might not have been a direct result of Golson’s injury.
Nevertheless the Steelers’ secondary that we’ve been waiting, rather impatiently to rebuild and retool after ranking last season 27th against the pass is going to have to wait a little longer. Who knows? Cortez Allen could have a bounce-back season, Boykin could turn out to be the answer we’ve been looking for and Carnell Lake could suit up and catch a few interceptions himself. You never know.
Steelers fans should prepare for this season the defense to be a work in progress. The new era of the Pittsburgh Steelers has already begun and the team is an offensive-minded team first and a defensive one second.
Best of luck to Golson. Here’s to a speedy recovery and an impactful return to the field.
Here we go Steelers! Here we go!
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