Steelers News: Blake, Williams, Boykin


The Steelers will look to shake off the funk from the opening loss to New England and make sure their headsets are working correctly in Heinz Field for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. While they’re preparing for their home debut we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, Sept. 15th.

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Blake plays with a chip on his shoulder

The Steelers surely aren’t known to have big cornerbacks. At this point, they aren’t even known for having good cornerbacks. Still, Teresa Varley explains how Antwon Blake is set out to prove everyone wrong about him and the Steelers’ secondary.

"“I definitely have a chip on my shoulder. It motivates me. It adds fuel to my fire. I always want to be known as a guy that is hard-working and gives everything he has.” – Antwon Blake"

Blake started for the Steelers on Thursday night against the Patriots after contributing mainly on special teams since arriving with the Steelers in 2013.

Williams looks explosive

The Steelers have just one more game to play without starting running back Le’Veon Bell. But, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler points out, they’re doing just fine in the rushing department as long as they keep feeding DeAngelo Williams the ball.

Williams quieted the doubters who thought the 32-year-old might not be up to the task of taking the majority of the reps when he ran for 127 yards on 21 carries in his Steelers debut on Thursday night. Fowler describes how Williams is playing at a weight about twenty pounds lighter than his days in Carolina, which has added to his quickness on the field.

When will Boykin see the field?

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 1st for a 2016 conditional fifth-round draft pick. Ed Bouchette of the PPG reminds us how the cornerback was displeased with his role with the Eagles and the Steelers had interest in him for years.

It seemed to be a good fit, considering Boykin rated better than any of the cornerbacks on the Steelers roster last season. Boykin only saw the field on special teams for the Steelers on Thursday night against the Patriots as William Gay and Antwon Blake were named the starting corners.

Bouchette spoke to Boykin after Steelers practice on Monday and Boykin explained how he wants out on the field and isn’t sure why he didn’t get the start.

"“Anytime you play anywhere you want to play more, or you want to play, just get on the field in general. That wasn’t the case last week. I don’t know why, I don’t know what the deal is or what the reason was for that. I can’t answer that. You guys have to ask coach Tomlin and the rest of the coaches about that.” – Brandon Boykin"

Overreaction is customary in the NFL where hyperbole reigns free. So while Boykin was disappointed in not getting the start on Thursday, he doesn’t see it as an issue at this point, no matter how the media is trying to spin it.

"“It’s week one. Guys are freaking out. That’s normal, that’s natural, that’s how the world works. But for me, I can’t really have that mindset. I’ll be fine. I’ll continue to do what got me here and play the way I’ve always played and I’ll be fine.” – Brandon Boykin"

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