Colbert: Senquez Golson’s Status ‘Won’t Stop Us From Adding Another Player’

While it may remain true as it was last year that the Pittsburgh Steelers view Senquez Golson’s status for the 2017 season as potentially adding a second-round draft pick to the cornerback position, we have already highlighted the fact that the team remains apprehensive about his future, as they should following two years out of the game.

As general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters last week, “sitting out two years is a concern because we haven’t seen him. And when you don’t play, it’s not easy to step up and get caught up. It’s probably going to take him longer to get caught up to just being a football player”.

That isn’t exactly a comforting perspective on the 23-year-old’s situation, but it is a realistic one. The fact that he is still just 23 years old, however, is at least one bit of optimism, as is the fact that the two injuries that ended his first two seasons were unrelated to one another.

But the crux of the issue at this time of the year is obviously how Golson’s situation affects the Steelers’ roster-building plans as it relates to free agency and the draft. Colbert certainly sounded like their former second-round draft pick is not going to be taken as a given when evaluating the potential to add another player at the position.

“When a guy has been injured, you don’t want to refrain from adding a guy at that position just because there is potential that he could be okay”, he said. “Their health situation or their potential to help us won’t stop us from adding another player at anybody’s position”.

Colbert tried to make it sound like more of a global comment, but he really was talking here specifically about Golson and the cornerback position as it relates to the Steelers’ current roster makeup. The upside is that he can end up being a starter for the team this year, but they simply can’t know that in April, let alone in February, so they really are not considering his hypothetical contributions in the equation.

And that is, frankly, a refreshing answer, and an answer to a question that I already posed earlier this offseason. One of my daily questions that I presented several weeks ago was whether the Steelers would try to address the position in a serious way or would try to rely upon unproven talent like Golson and Justin Gilbert.

Well, since then, the Steelers have already released Gilbert—though not without potentially leaving the door open to him being re-signed—and Colbert’s comments to the media clearly rely the sense that they are not going to be swayed from signing a free agent or drafting a player because of Golson’s potential.

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  • RickM

    I hate to say that it’s a given after two lost years – and two different, early injuries in shorts – that the team won’t rely on Golson. But it almost is.

  • Jaybird

    I’m all for adding another corner. And a safety with some cover skills also. I like what I’m hearing from the front office

  • Steelers12

    i will never complain about adding any Secondary help

  • VaDave

    Matthew, on the last podcast Dave B said he couldn’t remember a player other than Spence that after being drafted, missed his 1st two seasons due to injury. The closest I can remember is Blier who was on the taxi squad, then got drafted in the Army, injured, then worked his way back. So it’s long odds for Golson to make it back.

  • Doogie

    Not sure there are many Rocky Bliers around anymore. He was a real long shot to be able to play after a mine? he got hurt in Vietnam right?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    welcome cam sutton in round 2.

  • VaDave

    Yes it was in Vietnam. Fortunate not to loose a foot, or leg. As impressive as his comeback was, the fact that he went having been offered an out from fulltime service, because he felt it was his duty to serve, speaks volumes in my book.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    except when it was boykin or gilbert. lol.

  • Nolrog

    The Steelers should expect to get nothing from Golson, and if he comes back and is able to contribute, then that’s just gravy on the cake.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I am actually not as concerned about Golson “catching up.” My bigger worry is his body “holding up” (which was my same concern the day we drafted him.) I don’t even mind the shoulder surgery so much, but a Lis Franc fracture on your foot when you’re a CB is a pretty big deal IMO.

    Short quick slot CB’s are a dime a dozen. I’m hoping the Steelers draft another long tall fast strong CB in the 1st or 2nd round. I have no problem whatsoever with having Burns + Cockrell + (rookie 1st rounder) on our roster. Although I think Colbert is probably looking at 2nd or 3rd round more realistically.

    On the bright side, if Golson DOES recover this year and play to his college form, that would be a huge boost when playing a team like New England. I think Golson would be highly effective against all the quick screens, quick slants, and crossing routes (again, if healthy).

  • Matthew Marczi

    One also has to consider that there are probably very few examples of players who are injured in their first two seasons, whether they return or not. It’s a very rare circumstance.

  • Steelers12

    well LOL, i ain’t fully gave up on Gilbert maybe we resign him and prove his worth

  • Jason Vancil

    Do you put icing on your biscuits?

  • Jason Vancil

    I would like a S/CB tweener. Someone who, similar to Sean Davis has experience at both, or can play both. Desmond King, Cam Sutton or John Johnson types.

  • PaeperCup

    Interesting…depends on the injury. Spence was out for 2 seasons because his knee injury was devastating. It also took away his best attribute in his speed. Golson had two separate injuries…I’m not sure how they will affect his play.


    I have no complaints about Boykin. When he finally was in he did really well I thought and I maintain he should of been in a lot sooner

  • I wonder how Colbert would react if asked point-blank how secure the team is re wide receiver depth and stability in light of M. Bryant’s multiple violations and precarious future…in other words, if the team isn’t assuming anything re Golson’s future availability and roster impact [due to multiple injuries], will they take the same approach re Bryant and WR? I ask because at this point [since they never knew what they had in Golson], I’d assume they’d be willing to add a CB in mid-to-later rounds since they know they can rock [if needed] with their current starters. Bryant and WR, however is another situation altogether. Bryant, presumably, was [and possibly is] projected to be their crucial #2 WR. No one else on the roster currently offers anything close to Bryant’s former dynamic skill level or productive impact [and hence the ability to ease blanket coverage on A.B.]. Therefore, if Colbert sees drafting a CB as in the mix since Golson is so uncertain, will he also want to draft an elite WR comparable to Bryant to ensure he’s not heading into 2017 depending on Bryant to 1) be reinstated, 2) stay drug clean and not miss any tests, and 3) return to his previous level of play by opening day? If drafting a top WR to compliment AB is in the mix, who might he be, and what round might we draft him?.

  • will

    Take that Gerry Dulac.

  • will


  • VaDave

    Yep, that’s the million dollar question.

  • Aj Gentile

    They already said they aren’t relaying on Bryant

  • Did they? I missed it. Thanks! Btw, did they say anything about hoping to ensure they can replace his production either in-house, through the draft, or via free agency?

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    If he were to get hurt again you could stick a fork in his career.

  • LabRat0116

    Didn’t the Steelers resign Gilbert back already ?