Steelers CB Curtis Brown Now Must Show He Can Turn The Proverbial Corner

I consider myself a “glass half full” kind of guy and thus not only am I not overly worried about Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen not being ready for the start of the regular season following his Friday knee surgery; I also think the extra reps that third-year cornerback Curtis Brown will receive in Allen\’s absence will do him some good.

Now, depending on what you read, there is a difference in opinion as to whether or not Brown will be the first corner off the bench when the Steelers defense utilize their nickel sub package. Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review posted Friday that Brown will come in and likely play outside as William Gay moves inside to the slot, while Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted Friday that rookie safety Shamarko Thomas will play in the slot as the third corner. We shall see what the Friday night practice reports say.

Regardless, Brown has been and will be continuing to get extra reps in the defense going forward, and he really needs them. He is entering his third year and needs to turn the proverbially corner really soon.

The Texas product had a tough preseason last year and followed it up with a poor showing against the San Diego Chargers. He seems to struggle with the mental aspect of the position quite a bit, so hopefully he can build some confidence over the course of the next few weeks.

Brown is a solid special teams player, but up until now, that is all he is known for. He will make the Steelers 53 man roster this year, but past that, his future is very cloudy. We all worried if former Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis would ever turn the corner and last year he showed that he did. Now it\’s Brown\’s turn to turn right, right now.

  • steeltown

    I agree that the extra reps will do C.Brown good. I don’t like seeing Cortez miss valuable practice time, but it is true that C.Brown and the youngsters can use all the reps they can get

  • dgh57

    Brown needs playing time to take the next step which is to learn the mental aspect of the game. Getting reps is the only way to learn his craft and now is the perfect opportunity while it’s the preseason!

  • Ken

    The thing is he can handle it physically. He moves really fluid. It’s all upstairs if he can’t make it.

  • Matt Searls

    I might be a downer here but I don’t think he’ll end up stepping up like Keenan did

  • dgh57

    Yes, I have my doubts about C. Brown but I like seeing every player getting every chance to prove himself. Lewis never had the word “mental” attached to his name in any way that I recall of so that leads me to believe that Brown will be a reserve CB at best.

  • Steve

    Now is the time for Brown to make his mistakes before we get into the regular season. He need to get as many reps as he can and get the feel for the game in preseason and in practice. He needs to stop “Thinking” and let it “Flow” and reps will get this. Hopefully he turns the corner before regular season.

  • woundedvet

    I think Curtis has not yet shown that he can handle it physically at CB. But I hope he will show that this year, & I guess he will improve this year.