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Steelers Now NFL Notebook, July 2

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🏈 1 p.m:  After being the Steelers’ best cornerback down the stretch last season, Pro Football Focus believes Ahkello Witherspoon is the X factor for the Steelers in 2022.

“The two-year, $8 million contract Ahkello Witherspoon signed to remain in Pittsburgh this offseason doesn’t scream No. 1 outside cornerback, but that’s what the Steelers are counting on him to be when looking at the rest of their roster,” Ben Linsley of PFF wrote. “From Week 13 through the end of the season, Witherspoon allowed a passer rating of just 20.2 on throws into his coverage. His play has been hot and cold throughout his five-year career, but the Steelers will be hoping he carries over that momentum into 2022.”

Witherspoon is only 27 years old and has all the measurable’s to be a No. 1 cornerback. He also has a ton of confidence in his abilities. He said on a podcast last month with Terrell Owens that he’s a top 5 cornerback in the league, despite only starting one season as a full-time starter, which came in 2018 when he was with the 49ers.

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