Steelers Sign CB Justin King On Tuesday

The injuries in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary forced the team, to make a roster move on Tuesday as veteran cornerback Justin King was signed to the 53 man roster.

King, a Penn State product, had worked out for the Steelers a few weeks ago after Ike Taylor suffered his right ankle injury.

King was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 2008 draft and played for the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season prior to his release.

The have suffered injuries to not only Taylor, but starters Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis aswell. Allen sat out the game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys while Lewis injured his groin in the second half.

There is no word of a corresponding roster move as of yet but the Steelers are expected to place either guard Willie Colon and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke on injured reserve today if not both.

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  • RW

    I guess this is a good thing?

  • steeltown

    Who knows, another guy from the street, BUT I said a few weeks ago when they worked him out.. he was the fastest CB in the ’08 draft class (4.31) and second fastest athlete overall, behind Chris Johnson.. I guess his problem could be the mental aspect of the game

  • RW

    I don’t care about the speed – we’ll need him to learn an intricate defense and do it quickly. I am still in favor of putting the best guys on the field – to me that means throwing Troy out at CB and bringing Will Allen in to play SS. I’m also in favor of putting an extra LB in there (a variation of the Big Nickel) and leaving Mclendon and one other D-lineman in on intermediate downs (1st down, 2nd and 5 or 6) to give us a better opportunity to disguise our pass rush. Worilds has been playing well enough to provide extra support.

  • steeltown

    God I hope Keenan Lewis is good to go by Sunday.. it looked bad initially, but later he was moving pretty good on the sideline

  • Josh

    said it before – get W. Allen on the field more. I don’t care in what capacity – they need veterans in coverage, not first-time starters.

  • steeltown

    I agree.. McLendon should be playing more, especially against passing Teams been wanting that all season and Worilds has also been productive when given the opportunity

  • NEWMANN_A

    This guy regarded as the worst CB in the league lase season by PFF: “Thrust into the starting lineup after St. Louis lost Ron Bartell for the year in Week 1 last season, King struggled with injuries and was routinely burned. He graded out as Pro Football Focus’ worst cornerback. He’d be a pure depth signing for Indy.”

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree and wouldn’t mind seeing Allen getting some snaps ahead of the backup CBs. Unfortunately, I wonder if he should actually be getting more snaps in place of Troy as well. If Troy can’t be Troy (play with real explosion), they might be better off with Allen playing a conservative, but solid game at safety.

  • steeltown

    Notice they say “thrust into the starting lineup” due to injury. This guy was very raw and needed to be taught the position. Doesnt mean he isnt capable of learning or that he doesnt have any potential… as I like to point out, Ike Taylor and K.Lewis both needed 3yrs of grooming before starting in this League

  • steeltown

    The potential raw talent at the defensive back position that the Steelers will have going into the offseason is kind of interesting, guys like C.Brown, Golden, Van Dyke & King, I think a couple of these guys could possibly contribute in the future

  • Mike Carroll

    I like the idea of bringing Allen back at SS. Not sure about Troy at CB though, but I wouldn’t be opposed to them trying it. The secondary had settled in nicely without Troy (before all the CB injuries). Now, I’m not sure what his place is.

  • steeltown

    Not all Teams can develop players properly, I think the Raiders and Rams are two organizations that are lacking in that area

  • steeltown

    If my memory serves me right they did put Troy directly on a WR a couple times in the 4th Qtr

  • NEWMANN_A

    i hope that you are proven correct
    steeltown. As it stands now, it cant get much worse.

  • steeltown

    I know… probably just wishful thinking on my part

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000404115515 Sam Sneed

    Congrats Cuz! Welcome back to the Burgh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Seriously!!! On that touchdown pass to Jason Witten, why on Earth was Robert Golden back there instead of Will Allen? Oh yeah, that’s right, Golden can play both positions. Big friggin’ deal! He lined up as a safety on that play. So, I guess Golden is now better than Allen? Absolutely ridiculous! I just don’t get the Steelers this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    You should care about the speed. He was signed to take Van Dyke’s spot as the gunner on special teams. I agree with you though. Will Allen, Ryan Clark and Polamalu should be on the field at the same time instead of players like GOLDEN!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Did you smoke weed before this comment?

  • Maurice_hill_district

    U said it better than I coulda. So true.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Omg, I figurd theres a reason a CB is available, but thanks for the scoop. Depressing.

    Someone will spin-doctor on here that anyone we got off the street this late is a gem who no teams knew about, instead of reality.

  • steeltown

    Umm.. no I didnt… it’s all about development. Look at Ryan Clark, he was undrafted just like Robert Golden. Now im not saying Golden will be a Ryan Clark, but I’m saying the ‘potential talent’ is there with some grooming and that some of these guys ‘could possibly contribute’ in the future. It’s all about developement. Take Van Dyke for instance, he was drafted by the Raiders in the 3rd Rd.. the Raiders are arguable the worst organization when it comes to developing young players. Does this mean this guy is a bust? Thats to be determined, but I saw what he did on special teams for us (not the dumb penalties) but the big plays that helped greatly with field position, which coincidentally we have had trouble with the last several weeks. All I said, was the potential talent ‘could’ possibly be there and possibly help in the future.