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Why He's in Trouble
Lewis was drafted with the idea that he'd eventually emerge as a starter opposite Ike Taylor at corner. Unfortunately, he's never lived up to those expectations.
Lewis is prone to costly penalties, lapses in concentration and poor decision-making. None of those make a starting corner. With 2010 draft choice Crezdon Butler waiting in the wings and the potential for one or more new additions through the draft or free agency, Lewis' time in Pittsburgh is ticking down fast.
When he's on his game, he's got a lot of talent to showcase. Unfortunately, he's rarely in that mindset and has actually seemed to regress in the last year. It's telling that Lewis saw little extra playing time with all of the problems Pittsburgh had at corner this year.
Why He Might Stay
If the Steelers do not get their man in the draft, they may keep Lewis around and hope that Carnell Lake, the team's new secondary coach, can turn his career around. If the team can nab Aaron Williams or another corner early in the draft, they won't likely have a spot for Lewis, who's not a top special teams contributor either.