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Lewis is about to grasp to stardom if history is any indication.
Cornerback opposite Ike Taylor has been called something of a weak link in the Steelers secondary, if one could say the NFL’s top-ranked defense in 2011 had a weak link.
The thought here is that Pittsburgh’s front office would not have allowed William Gay to go to Arizona if they didn’t think Lewis was going to be a suitable replacement.
But a star? Maybe the Pro Bowl isn’t on the horizon, but there are two similarities Lewis has to former Pittsburgh cornerback Deshea Townsend.
Townsend was known for making dramatic interceptions. His pick of Tony Romo in 2008 and subsequent touchdown return with less than two minutes remaining not only provided Pittsburgh with a 20-13 victory against the Dallas Cowboys, but the springboard for the Steelers’ last World Championship season.
Lewis’ first NFL interception didn’t springboard Pittsburgh to the Super Bowl, but it did come with fewer than 30 seconds left deep in Steelers territory to preserve a 13-9 victory against Kansas City last year.
In doing so, it could be argued Lewis paved the way for then-Chiefs head coach Todd Haley to become the Steelers’ current offensive coordinator
Lewis also comes into the starting lineup after sitting on the bench for three years. It wasn’t until Townsend’s sixth NFL campaign that he became a full-time starter.
True, it would be unfair to label Lewis as the next Townsend. But it is logical that similar journeys could produce similar results.