Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Has His Eyes On CB Antwon Blake

During the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and defensive backs coach CarnellLake both made it a point to mention the name of third-year cornerback Antwon Blake when talking about depth in the secondary.

On Tuesday during practice, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let the former undrafted free agent know that he’s continuing to be noticed by him as well.

“I see what you’re doing 41,” said Tomlin to Blake, according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider.

Prior to veteran cornerback Ike Taylor arriving for OTA practices, Blake had reportedly been running third on the cornerback depth chart and that would put him ahead of the more experienced Brice McCain, who the Steelers signed during the offseason following his release from the Houston Texans.

While Blake only managed to play a total of five snaps last season on defense, he was one of the Steelers top special teams players as a gunner on the punt coverage team.

Blake told Wexell that he believes he’s one of the fastest players on the team currently and that he ran a 4.18 40-yard dash at his 2012 Pro Day. Lake referenced that speed last month when talking about the Texas-El Paso product..

“Antoine Blake is one, very fast, quick, aggressive corner that I liked coming out of last year,” Lake said.

The battle between Blake and McCain for the No. 4 spot on the Steelers depth chart figures to be a good one over the remainder of the summer, but there’s no doubt that the former has a pretty good bead on a roster spot right now thanks to him already proving himself to special teams coach Danny Smith last season. Should he continue to get positive call-outs from Tomlin, McCain might very well find himself expendable.

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  • James Kling

    Wait, third on the CB depth? Ahead of Gay?
    Later in the article it states that Blake and McCain are vying for CB4.

    I hope Blake and McCain’s speed translates – was disappointed we didn’t come away with a CB until Shaq.

  • steeltown

    I’ve mentioned before, I liked this acquisition last year. This kid is very fast and physical. If he can prove to be able to hold his own on Defense it would be a great thing because he’s already a beast on special teams

  • steeltown

    3rd behind C.Allen and WillieG, before Taylor showed up for OTAs

  • James Kling

    Duh, my eyes glazed over that. Need… more… coffee.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Screw that battle!

    We need to line him up with Dri and see who’s king.

  • ATL96STEELER

    The 3rd round continues to jump out as the round to get a CB, but I don’t think there was much talent drop off to Shaq after the top few guys were picked.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Love the speed…looks to be a good potential slot defender.

  • srdan

    Its amazing where football has gone. The third and fourth corner on teams are very important now to defend most packages.

  • steeltown

    4th Rd has historically been good as well, Taylor and C.Allen both 4th Rders (and Shamarko Thomas)

  • Matt Manzo

    He can play safety too right? Or am I just making that up?!

  • SteelersDepot

    It would fun to see some sort “Superstars” style event during the offseason. Are any of you old enough to remember that show?

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I can’t help but think the draft pick could get the short straw and get cut.

  • steeltown

    I think the Jaguars used him at (backup) Safety

  • blackandgoldBullion

    yup. Fun.

  • dgh57

    I’ll take all the good news I can get out of the CB and OLB positions I can get!

  • Rod Hedrick

    Superstars rocked Dave. It always came down to the obstacle course and the speed guys.

  • John Hinton

    That was a great show.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Yes! That should be what they do instead of the pro bowl.

    I was a big fan of team NBC in battle of the network stars speaking of age and cheesy content.

  • Ike Evans

    this has been going on for a few months now of guys saying watch out for antwon blake…reminds me of when john mitchell was telling ppl that about mclendon. Hope they’re right. 4.1 at a pro day? thats like seeing a unicorn
    Sidebar……
    brice Mccain is terrible….my roomate is from houston and i was forced to watch every dag on texans game…he’s so bad its hilarious…he called him the human lowlight reel every time he got in the game lol

  • Matt Manzo

    His high(low)lights are pretty bad!

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    Him and Shamarko are very similiar in stature, power and speed. I hope the steelers lack of CB draft picks is a sign that they are confident in players like Blake stepping into defensive roles this season.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I remember that Lynn Swann was a BOSS at that superstars event

  • Rufus Benard

    This guy is going to be one of our starting corner backs eventually make no mistake. Tomlin has a gift of finding outstanding corners. We can just never afford them. (keenen) after we develop them. Remember Tomlin played Corner and coached defensive backs first. Like it or not Gay played well last year. If he doesn’t this year. Well the depth chart can be misleading.

  • stellarsfan

    After finally getting around to watching some of his college highlights, I can really see him developing into a solid, starting-caliber corner in a year or two. His college tape is more impressive than Shaq Richardson’s IMO.

  • stellarsfan

    I’m talking about Blake btw…

  • Ike Evans

    You’re not even the first person to say that to me this week….I’m excited for training camp….see if this kid is doing work out there