Here is a link to the audio file:
Also, after the jump I have included a trascription of a confrence call with Joe Burnett from the Steelers official website.
Do you see yourself coming here to return punts and kicks or to play cornerback?I see myself coming in to play a little bit of nickel, return punts and kicks and kickoff as well. Whatever it takes, I’m going to do it.
[The Steelers] already drafted a cornerback in the third round. Does that hurt your chances?I don’t think it hurts my chances at all because now that the draft is over, from the first slots to the seventh round, every guy has to come in and compete and work for a position. I feel like it is a draft, but now we are at the moment where we have to go in and work for a job. It doesn’t end right here. That’s how I feel about it. I went in the fifth round [at] such-and-such pick, but I feel like I’m in the same boat as the third-round pick at cornerback. Me and him are competing now for the job. And I want the job.
How do you think your style fits in with the way that the Steelers want their corners to play?I think I fit in real well with it. Me and the coach [Ray Horton] talked about a lot of stuff and he told me he wanted me to come in and contribute at nickel and at special teams during my visit. And I think I fit in real well with playing in the quarters. I played quarters actually and playing a press guy over all positions. I think I fit in real well with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s actually where I wanted to be.
There you have it; our 5th round pick in the 2009 NFL draft is introduced and really sounds like he has a lot of confidence and understands what the front office and coaches are looking for. I am especially excited about his kick and punt return abilities; Mike Mayock said yesterday that he was the only guy entering the draft that was rated in the top 10 in punt and kick returns last season.
Welcome to Steeler Nation Joe Burnett!