Steelers 2-a-days: AAF star Kameron Kelly a sleeper, Justin Layne another mid-round cornerback | TribLIVE.com
Steelers/NFL

Steelers 2-a-days: AAF star Kameron Kelly a sleeper, Justin Layne another mid-round cornerback

Chris Adamski
1370986_web1_AP_19143643570448
Associated Press
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne goes through drills during an organized team activity session May 23, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

Editor’s note: From now until the first practice of training camp at Saint Vincent College, the Trib will be running through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 90-man roster, assessing each player’s outlook for the 2019 season. The breakdown will go through the roster in mostly-alphabetical order, (at least) two per day, between June 14 and July 26.

DB KAMERON KELLY

Experience: Spent rookie 2017 preseason with Cowboys, played in AAF this past spring

Contract status: $495,000 cap hit in 2019, under team control for four seasons

2019 outlook: Kelly opened up eyes about his potential – and his chances for staying with the Steelers this season – when he was getting first-team reps rather early in this offseason. Kelly by all indications has NFL-caliber athleticism, but he hasn’t had a position. He’s played inside and outside cornerback, both safety spots and even on offense in his pro and college career at San Diego State. Kelly settled in over the early spring as a cornerback for the AAF’s San Diego Fleet, for whom he had a three-interception game that helped lead to the Steelers signing him. He took reps at safety for the Steelers over the summer, but truth be told it will special teams where he will have to make an impact if he’s going to stick.

CB JUSTIN LAYNE

Experience: Rookie

Contract status: $725,545 cap hit in 2019, start of four-year rookie contract

2019 outlook: Layne becomes the latest in a long, long line of cornerbacks the Steelers have drafted over the past decade, few of which have panned out relative to their initial projections. A third-round pick, Layne’s spot on the 53-man roster as a rookie is secure, but what will his role be in 2019? Unless Mike Hilton holds out, the Steelers appear set at their top three cornerback spots; can Layne make Artie Burns expendable? Can he leap over Cameron Sutton on the depth chart? Is he immediately a better special-teams option than Brian Allen? Layne has the luxury of time, at worst, for a “redshirt” year. But he also will be given opportunity to prove he can contribute so much more.

Hey, Steelers Nation, get the latest news about the Pittsburgh Steelers here.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | Steelers
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.