Last week I wrote about the versatility in the Steelers' secondary and how Keith Butler can build off that in his coverage schemes for 2019. This week I want to focus specifically on the safety position and the quick flip Kevin Colbert executed to turn them from a weak spot on the roster into a group to be excited about:
Think back to just two seasons ago when the Steelers' safeties were second-year Sean Davis, declining Mike Mitchell, J.J. Wilcox, Robert Golden, and William Gay in his final season. Only Davis remains.
Terrell Edmunds looks like he could be the answer at the position and is joined by Davis, Kameron Kelly coming out of the AAF, Jordan Dangerfield and Marcus Allen.
What's impressive about this group is that after scheming to protect them from being taken advantage of in recent years, Butler is now making them a prominent part of how the Steelers cover the field. Several plays with the first team defense this preseason have featured three safety formations that include Davis, Edmunds and Kelly.
What makes that dangerous for offenses is that each of them can rotate from playing deep safety to jumping into the box to cover short passes and provide run support.