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Steelers snap totals vs. the Colts point to a successful shake up in the secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers did more than just defeat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, they actually mixed up the secondary throughout the football game.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious over the Indianapolis Colts 45-10 on Sunday Night Football, but the win added to the win column wasn't the only area the team saw success. After 12 Weeks of moaning and groaning from the fan base, Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler successfully integrated Brandon Boykin, who was acquired via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in training camp, into the lineup.

With Steelers arm-chair pundits everywhere saying, "I told you so." the simple fact the team got Boykin into the game is a step in the right direction. In fact, looking at the snap totals, Boykin didn't just play some, he played the more snaps (40) than Antwon Blake (32) and was just a tick behind Ross Cockrell (43) and William Gay (46).

The Steelers were focusing their efforts on a rotation in the secondary between Boykin, Cockrell and Blake. The team would deploy each in a different setting, but Boykin wasted little time making an impact as he intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass after it was deflected by Gay in the first quarter.

Some will call it poetic justice that Boykin received 40 snaps on Sunday night, and had only 22 in the previous 11 games the team played in 2015. Whatever you want to call it, it is a "better late than never" outlook which shows promise for not just the secondary, but the coaching staff and their willingness to adjust and change when the situation is deemed necessary.

The Steelers secondary was leaking oil at a tremendous rate, and the adjustments made could very well pay dividends down the stretch. The Steelers, and their secondary, will be tested the next two weeks when the Steelers play the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos in consecutive weeks.

Check out the rest of the Steelers snap totals, courtesy of Pro-Football Reference:

Steelers Snap Counts

Off. Def. ST
Pos Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
David DeCastro G 74 100% 0 0% 8 29%
Alejandro Villanueva T 74 100% 0 0% 8 29%
Ramon Foster G 74 100% 0 0% 8 29%
Cody Wallace C 74 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Marcus Gilbert T 73 99% 0 0% 7 25%
Antonio Brown WR 73 99% 0 0% 3 11%
Ben Roethlisberger QB 73 99% 0 0% 0 0%
DeAngelo Williams RB 68 92% 0 0% 0 0%
Jesse James TE 67 91% 0 0% 0 0%
Markus Wheaton WR 41 55% 0 0% 0 0%
Martavis Bryant WR 41 55% 0 0% 0 0%
Matt Spaeth TE 40 54% 0 0% 11 39%
Roosevelt Nix FB 19 26% 0 0% 18 64%
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR 12 16% 0 0% 15 54%
Fitzgerald Toussaint RB 6 8% 0 0% 3 11%
Will Johnson FB 3 4% 0 0% 12 43%
Chris Hubbard G 1 1% 0 0% 1 4%
Landry Jones QB 1 1% 0 0% 0 0%
Will Allen SS 0 0% 58 100% 3 11%
Michael Mitchell FS 0 0% 58 100% 2 7%
Lawrence Timmons LB 0 0% 58 100% 2 7%
William Gay CB 0 0% 46 79% 2 7%
Stephon Tuitt DE 0 0% 45 78% 10 36%
Ryan Shazier LB 0 0% 45 78% 2 7%
Ross Cockrell CB 0 0% 43 74% 0 0%
Cameron Heyward DE 0 0% 42 72% 10 36%
Brandon Boykin CB 0 0% 40 69% 16 57%
Arthur Moats LB 0 0% 37 64% 4 14%
James Harrison LB 0 0% 37 64% 2 7%
Antwon Blake CB 0 0% 32 55% 14 50%
Jacoby Jones LB 0 0% 21 36% 8 29%
Bud Dupree LB 0 0% 21 36% 5 18%
Steve McLendon NT 0 0% 18 31% 2 7%
Cam Thomas DE 0 0% 16 28% 0 0%
Vince Williams LB 0 0% 13 22% 18 64%
Daniel McCullers NT 0 0% 8 14% 0 0%
Shamarko Thomas SS 0 0% 0 0% 18 64%
Terence Garvin LB 0 0% 0 0% 18 64%
Robert Golden FS 0 0% 0 0% 18 64%
Chris Boswell K 0 0% 0 0% 17 61%
Anthony Chickillo LB 0 0% 0 0% 12 43%
Jordan Berry P 0 0% 0 0% 9 32%
Greg Warren LS 0 0% 0 0% 9 32%
Doug Legursky C 0 0% 0 0% 8 29%
Jacoby Jones WR 0 0% 0 0% 5 18%