The Pittsburgh Steelers secondary is a work in progress, and it continues to evolve throughout the course of the 2018 regular season. Sometimes a change is made due to performance on the field, and other times injuries can impact the depth chart.
This is the case for offeseason free agent acquisition Nat Berhe, who was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) Tuesday after injuring his pectoral muscle in the Steelers’ Sunday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.
With Berhe heading to IR, the Steelers promoted cornerback Brian Allen to the active roster.
We have promoted CB Brian Allen to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, and placed S Nat Berhe on the Reserve/Injured List.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 2, 2018
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Allen spent his entire rookie season on the active roster in 2017, although often a gameday inactive, but was released at the end of training camp only to be re-signed to the practice squad days later.
The Steelers’ secondary now has a different feel to it. Morgan Burnett is often injured, Mike Hilton is working his way back from injury, and Coty Sensabaugh and Artie Burns are having a battle at the outside linebacker position opposite Joe Haden. Berhe, who is a safety, played primarily special teams, but had been thrust into the lineup with the absence of Burnett.
It should be noted how the Steelers didn’t promote rookie Marcus Allen, a safety, but chose Allen instead. Allen does have great size and speed for the cornerback position, but has always been considered extremely raw and inexperienced.
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