4 Steelers who need to be benched before Week 3 (and 1 big name who doesn't)

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Steelers need to upgrade their slot cornerback room

Of the four names on this list, this is arguably the least vital position that needs a new face. While the combination of Chandon Sullivan and Elijah Riley has been okay in the slot, neither player has stood out as an objective positive.

Sitting on the bench is Desmond King. The former Texan has been consistently one of the better cornerbacks in the league, and while he can play outside, his best natural fit is in the slot. He has thrived there since being drafted, and he has shown the ability to be a playmaker and a sound run defender when inside.

King is likely the best slot cornerback option available on this roster right now. While seeing him on the bench through the first two weeks isn’t shocking considering he was added to the roster after cutdowns, it is high time to get him active. This secondary needs an infusion of talent right now, and King could be just the solution.

 While I would make him the primary slot defender, King can, and should, also figure into the outside cornerback rotation. Neither starter there has proven to be a great fit so far, and it has cost the Steelers in the passing game. Giving King the slot role paves the way for him to be a bigger impact player moving forward.