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Donte Jackson turns heads with Steelers CB plans

Donte Jackson turns heads with Steelers CB plans

PITTSBURG — Going from the Carolina Panthers to the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the biggest culture shocks in the NFL, at least in 2024. That’s exactly what Donte Jackson is doing, though, and since arriving for OTAs, he has repeatedly expressed how grateful he is to join Pittsburgh.

Jackson comes to Pittsburgh as one of the fastest cornerbacks in the NFL. And while some thought he might move to the position, Jackson said he hasn’t heard anything about it from management or the coaching staff yet, but would be open to it. So what did they tell him about his role?

The Steelers expect Jackson to slide opposite Joey Porter Jr. and match up at second wide receiver while Porter takes the other teams’ top wide receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Donte Jackson

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Donte Jackson during OTAs at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on May 21, 2024. – Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

“The first thing that happened when I got traded here was they told me, ‘Get ready to go against the guys, get ready to go after the guys, get ready to do this that we know you’re doing well,'” Jackson said. “Tackling is one of my strong points – people don’t think, given my size, that I want to go up and kick. So that’s another thing that stood out and why they knew I would be a perfect corner in this system and show my talents, which I’ve done my whole career, on this big stage.

The Steelers are hoping Jackson can help improve a secondary that lacked speed a year ago, and they got burned for it. Not only that, but poor tackling in the secondary allowed many receivers to turn catches that should be five yards into a twenty yard gain and so on. Pittsburgh is doing pretty well with its talent in the secondary, but Jackson’s speed and recent level of play should give them a steady level of play that allows them to get what they need at that spot.