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Steelers spent fifth-round pick on a cornerback

Steelers spent fifth-round pick on a cornerback
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PITTSBURGH -- The Brandon Boykin mystery continues. When the Steelers traded a conditional http://www.officialsanfranciscogiantsshop.com/WOMENS-TIM-LINCECUM-JERSEY.html fifth-round pick to the Eagles for the rights to Boykin, the move presumably solved a need at cornerback. But Boykin has played one defensive snap -- one! -- in the last three weeks. He's logged less than 20 snaps the entire year. This trend likely isn't changing any time soon. Two years removed from a Michael Jordan Authentic Jersey six-interception season, Boykin has no immediate chances to build on that number. "I’m not going to say anything negative. I just feel in my heart things will turn around," Boykin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently. After asking around, there are a few reasons I believe Boykin is still on the sideline. It's largely circumstantial, not based on a deficiency in Boykin's play. • Steelers' loyalty: William Gay and Antwon http://www.officialavalancheonline.com/Red+Lanny+Mcdonald+Jersey Blake are tried-and-true Steelers who have been fixtures in the Pittsburgh defense for the last three years. Steelers value loyalty and player development enough to let Troy Polamalu hang on a few years past his prime. These players are effort guys, good in the locker room. When it came down to decision-making time after camp, the Steelers felt these two hadn't lost their jobs, even though Boykin showed progress grasping the Steelers' system and playmaking ability. Blake played well late last season. • Size differential: The Steelers could have moved Gay to the outside while playing Boykin in the slot. By choosing to keep Gay mostly in the slot, that leaves Blake at 5-foot-9 on the outside and the other http://www.nbashoponline.us.com/nba-jerseys/new-york-knicks/tracy-mcgrady-jersey_c-812.html outside spot, which goes to bigger cornerbacks such as the 6-foot Ross Cockrell or 6-1 Cortez Allen, who is returning from injury. It's hard to play Blake and 5-foot-10 Boykin as bookend corners against bigger receivers every week. If Boykin plays, the combination almost has to be Gay-Boykin-Allen or Gay-Boykin-Cockrell.

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