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The battle is still close for the starting cornerback job opposite Ike Taylor. While Curtis Brown is no longer really in the running, Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis are neck and neck. Depending on who you talk to, one player might be slightly ahead. Either way, this race is too close to call.
In a position like this, every play is important. Last week, Allen was more effective and had a big interception off a tip that put him in front. In the first week, both players were very good. Lewis had some problems in coverage against the Colts, however. That could hurt some.
This week, both players will get significant time against a tough passing unit. If it were up to me, I’d pull Ike Taylor out and put both players on the field with the first unit. Everyone knows what Taylor can do. This is the time to test players you’re going to need going forward.
If I had to pick a winner, I’d go with Allen at this point. Lewis has done well, but he looks like a better fit at nickel given his coverage lapses last week. The fun part of this battle is that it could all change on one play or one series this week. Stay tuned.