3 reasons Steelers fans should expect big things from Joey Porter Jr. in 2023

Built by legacy, mentorship, and promise: The Joey Porter Jr. rookie season forecast
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2. Porter as the potential to make an immediate impact

Porter is projected to fill a crucial role as an outside corner following a significant reshuffle in the Steelers' cornerback position. His exact role is yet to be determined. Still, given the team's current setup, it's likely Porter could start immediately opposite Patrick Peterson at outside cornerback, particularly during sub-packages in nickel and dime.

He possesses excellent physicality and a sharp sense of play analysis, so he challenges his opponents. Moreover, his noteworthy collegiate achievements further solidify his readiness to make an instant impression at the NFL level. His ability to read plays and react quickly is another factor that will aid his transition to the NFL—his time at Penn State allowed him to develop a keen understanding of offensive strategies and quarterback tendencies.

His football IQ and physical skills will enable him to anticipate plays, react quickly, and disrupt passes. His six pass breakups in a single game at Purdue are a testament to this ability. Porter Jr.'s versatility is another asset that will help him make an immediate impact in the NFL. He has excelled in man-to-man and zone coverage schemes, perfect for our defensive scheme.

His ability to adapt to different defensive schemes and his willingness to take on various roles on the field will undoubtedly earn him significant playing time in his rookie season. I won't be surprised if we see him rush the quarterback at some point in the season. If Porter delivers a strong performance in training camp and the upcoming preseason, he could quickly establish himself as a key player for this Steelers defense.