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Steelers All 91: CB Justin Layne

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

31 • Justin Layne, rookie cornerback

Last year: Was a starting cornerback for the second straight season at Michigan State after starting out as a wide receiver with the Spartans. Left for the NFL after his junior year and was drafted in the third round by the Steelers.

Stats: Made 72 tackles — fifth on Michigan State — and had a team-high 15 passes defended. Also made one interception and had 2 1/2 tackles for a loss and one-half sack.

Accolades, Highlights:

Was selected first-team all Big Ten in 2018.

Camp outlook: As a young draftee, Layne has a lot of work to do both when it comes to getting his body NFL ready and picking up the Steelers’ complicated defense after mostly working isolated in man-to-man coverage at Michigan State.

Projected role: Is likely guaranteed a roster spot thanks to his draft status, but will have to prove something to get a helmet regularly as an outside corner behind Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Artie Burns and Brian Allen.

Coverage links:

Steelers Sign Justin Layne, Last of 2019 Draft Picks to Ink Contract

Exclusive with Steelers Cornerback Justin Layne

Rookie Expectations: Justin Layne

Steelers Select Justin Layne with 83rd Overall Pick

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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Steelers Promote QB Coach Matt Canada to Offensive Coordinator

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially promoted quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, the organization announced Monday.

After the Steelers chose not to renew the contract of previous offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, multiple outlets reported on Jan. 16 that the team was planning to hire from within and promote Canada.

The club reportedly also interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hugh Jackson and Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, which proved to be mere formalities.

Canada, 48, was also reportedly a candidate for the offensive coordinator opening with the Miami Dolphins, which was filled last week.

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh ahead of last season, Canada was most recently the offensive coordinator and interim head coach at Maryland in 2018.

He has also made stops as an offensive coordinator at LSU, Pitt, NC State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Butler.

Canada is most known for his success at Pitt in 2016, where he orchestrated the nation’s tenth-ranked scoring offense averaging 42 points per game. He was recognized as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant, that season.

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