State of the cornerback union

The release of rookie free agent cornerback Nashville Dyer Friday can only mean one thing. The Steelers plan to keep six cornerbacks on their active roster.

That means Hank Poteat, everyone's favorite whipping boy, has made this team.

That's the bad news. Now here's the good: Unless the Steelers have two or three injuries among their cornerbacks, Poteat will never see the field on the coverage units. He's made this team strictly as a return man.

Chidi Iwuoma and Ike Taylor have shown enough coverage skills to assure that they will see the field if dire circumstances arise long before Poteat steps onto the field to be targeted by opposing quarterbacks.

The Steelers did little to upgrade their cornerbacks this offseason, adding only Taylor as a fourth-round pick. But Iwuoma's improvement and the addition of Taylor's athleticism will at least be enough to keep Poteat on the bench.

Dale Lolley

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