With the additions of Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown to the Steelers cornerback depth chart, Crezdon Butler should be playing more safety this year.
Butler was very impressive in preseason last year on his way to earning a roster spot with the team. He has the physicality and awareness to play safety while also made some plays on special teams last year.
Will Allen was signed by the Steelers mostly for his special teams play. For the most part last season he lived up to his expectations and gave the team what they were looking for.
However Allen is behind Ryan Mundy on the depth chart at both safety positions which was proven last year when Mundy—who is a free safety—started for the injured Troy Polamalu twice. Mundy was impressive in his play but Butler's physicality offers more potential as a backup to the strong safety position.
Another strong preseason from Butler could give the Steelers a quartet of Butler, Mundy, Ryan Clark and Polamalu on the roster.
That would be a good mixture of veteran presence and youth. Butler looks to offer more than Allen overall, but he still needs to perform over the coming weeks to cement his place on the team and make Allen moot.
Winner: Crezdon Butler.
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