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Artie Burns and Joe Haden staying on their respective sides of the Steelers defense, for now

Is Artie Burns slowly turning into a cover-corner who follows the best receiver of the opposition all over the field? Maybe, but it isn’t the plans just yet.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t had a cover corner who follows the opposition’s top wide receiver since Ike Taylor was in his prime. Other than that, it has been a defensive approach which keeps the cornerbacks on their respective sides covering whomever lines up across from them.

Second year cornerback Artie Burns might be on track to cover the opposing team’s best receiver, but after the acquisition of Joe Haden, it doesn’t appear the team will be deploying him that way. At least not in Week 1 when the team plays the Cleveland Browns.

According to Burns, via Mark Kaboly of DK Pittsburgh Sports, Burns is sticking to his side:

After following Antonio Brown around the field all training camp, Burns played strictly the right side and Haden the left side during practice. “That’s what it is for right now but we will see how it goes.”

The Steelers will be getting their feet wet on Sunday when they travel to Cleveland, but there will be a bigger process going on as newcomers Vance McDonald, Joe Haden and J.J. Wilcox all have to get used to their new surroundings in Pittsburgh.

At the moment, Haden will stay on his side, and Burns on his, but if Burns’ play continues to improve, there could be a change. As of now, they will stay where they start, and that is okay considering just how improved the team’s secondary has become in just the past seven days.