PITTSBURGH — New Steelers cornerback Desmond King has arrived in Pittsburgh and is getting to work with the team right away ahead of their Week 1 clash against the San Francisco 49ers. While there is no guarantee that King will play a significant role in his first game with the Steelers, the role is expected to grow over time in the slot. He joins a talented group of players in that room, with Chandon Sullivan and Elijah Riley still with the team. There are currently seven cornerbacks on the roster.
On his first day, the team worked on various things, from tackling to staying in the hip pocket on out and in-breaking routes to maintain leverage. The buzz around the locker room for adding another veteran like Desmond King is already palpable around Pittsburgh. For a team that looked to fill their voids, King will add another steady presence to a room that could use it the most.
King offers inside and outside versatility but is a run-down slot cornerback at his core. The team will aim to accentuate those strengths and fit him into the room. That is up to both secondary coach Grady Brown and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to do as King hops on the metaphorical moving train heading into Week 1.