Replacing Sean Davis: Ranking the Steelers backup safety options

Sean Davis #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Sean Davis #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Adrian Phillips would be an ideal situational player with the Steelers
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes the ball against Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Second-tier starters:

  1. Adrian Phillips, LA Chargers
  2. Brandon Jones, Texas
  3. Clayton Geathers, Indianapolis Colts
  4. Sean Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. K’Von Wallace, Clemson

Adrian Phillips is a guy I was pounding the table for last year, and my rhetoric hasn’t changed. While he is a SS only, he has become a great #3 safety due to his ability to play dime backer in sub-packages. While I wouldn’t want him to start a whole season as a safety, he brings clear value as the #3 safety and would be a fit as a situational player.

Clayton Geathers is similar to Phillips, although his overall coverage is worse. He plays like an undersized linebacker as he constantly delivers the big hit in run-support. He has a lot of experience though and would be a good insurance policy for the starters.

Sean Davis to replace Sean Davis; that is a bit of an oxymoron I guess. While he has never been a top 10 safety, he is consistent and well rounded. He’ll likely seek other options in free agency, but if he is willing to return on the cheap, he would be a jack of all trait’s backup.

For the rookies, Brandon Jones is an intelligent player, and while he hasn’t been able to work out much, he has been wowing teams with his game intelligence. He may be around early in the fourth due to his lack of working out and the team could do a lot worse than having him as their #3 safety. Wallace is another athlete that has good tape and the Steelers were at his pro day. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but still would be another good investment in the fourth round.