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.
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.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/28/20
Defensive captain Cam Heyward leads the defense in their preperation for the Steelers big game this Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens.
Heyward leads by example while going through a drill.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Terrell Edmunds Explains New Nickname
Terrell Edmunds informs the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about his new nickname. Call him “Old Fashioned” from now on. He also expresses how feels about the current state of the Steelers, and that’s obviously includes being happy about the team’s record but also understanding the need to improve.
Steelers Week 10 Game vs. Bengals Flexed to 4:25 p.m. National Broadcast
The Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 has been flexed into a national television broadcast slot.
The Steelers and Bengals will now kick off at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:25 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled to kick at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast nationally on FOX. All of that weekend’s early games will be broadcast on FOX, as CBS has coverage of The Masters, which was rescheduled from this summer.
The game will be Pittsburgh’s first matchup against 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 pick, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Steelers are also playing a 4:25 p.m., nationally broadcast game in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That game will be televised by CBS.
That will be the second time this season the Steelers will be placed in a nation-wide television slot. The team opened the season playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
The Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans was protected by CBS in a 1 p.m. time slot, but was broadcast nearly nationwide, with CBS only showing two other 1 p.m. games.
The Steelers will play on national television at least three more times this season: against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 26, on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 13 and at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Dec. 21.