Cortez Allen And Jason Worilds To Open Training Camp As Starters On Defense
In what will perhaps be the most obvious piece of news of the week, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest that both linebacker Jason Worilds and cornerback Cortez Allen will open up training camp as the starters at their respective positions.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) July 23, 2013
Allen will take over for Keenan Lewis, who signed with the New Orleans Saints during the offseason while Worilds will take over at right outside linebacker for James Harrison, who was released prior to the start of the new league year.
The Steelers drafted Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but he will have a hard time overtaking Worilds, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, during training camp.
Worilds recorded 27 total tackles in 2012 to go along with five sacks and two defensed passes.
Allen played a considerable amount of snaps in 2012 as the nickel corner, and is expected to shift inside once again in 2013 when the Steelers utilize their sub package with William Gay entering as the third cornerback.
In the final two games of the 2012 season, The Citadel product recorded two interceptions and three forced fumbles to go along with 15 total tackles.
Labriola will have his pre-camp interview with Tomlin posted Wednesday on steelers.com.