Golson continuing to progress


The No. 2 pick from Mississippi has been eased into action during the early going at OTAs, but Senquez Golson hasn't been inconspicuous.

"Mainly a little second-team nickel, third-team corner and nickel," Golson reported regarding how he's been deployed during his first professional practices. "It just depends on the rotation they have out there."

That hasn't prevented the 5-foot-9 cornerback from being noticed.

Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, for example, was aware of when he had completed a pass at Golson's expense last week.

Roethlisberger even took verbal measures to make sure Golson was aware, as well.

"I didn't get a chance to hear it but when I got in the locker room a couple of guys told me about it," Golson said.

Roethlisberger's message?  

"Welcome to the NFL."

Golson had already noticed by then he wasn't in the SEC anymore.

"This is a great experience," he continued. "Quarterbacks have a lot more accuracy so I've really been focused on my technique, coming out of my breaks faster, things like that."

Roethlisberger isn't the only veteran Golson has taken advantage of the opportunity to interact with or learn from as he's taken his initial steps with the Steelers.

"It kind of surprised me when I first got here, everybody was so welcoming," he said. "A lot of the older guys, they always help us out, correct us. I can always ask questions."

Rookie cornerbacks can, likewise, learn a great deal when asked to cover veteran receivers such as Antonio Brown.

"What better work can you get?' Golson offered. "Best receiver in the league.

"Definitely a different experience."

Overall, Golson maintained he's continuing to progress, not missing a beat when the Steelers returned to work on Tuesday for their fourth OTA session, following four days off.

"I kinda didn't know what to expect," he said. "Rookie camp went well for me but I just wanted to get out here with the older guys and see how that was going to go. Little faster; everything's starting to slow down, that's a good thing.

"I'm catching it pretty fast."

That said he's still waiting to come up with his first interception.

"I got my hands on a couple of them," Golson said. "I haven't been able to bring any down yet.

"I'm working on it."

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