The Pittsburgh Steelers struck gold when they drafted cornerback Joey Porter Jr. earlier this year.
There are some things that you just can’t teach, and he has plenty of those intangibles.
On top of his God-given physical traits and athleticism, Porter has an elite work ethic and knows firsthand what it takes to make it.
If that wasn’t enough, he knows how much it means to play for the Steelers organization, and he’s making the most of every single snap he gets.
That’s why PFF analyst Steve Palazzolo recently showered him in praise after watching him dominate his matchup against Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (via 93.7 The Fan on Twitter).
JPJ has been on 🔒⬇️
— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) November 10, 2023
Even if Hopkins isn’t the top-tier wide receiver he used to be for most of his career, he’s still more than capable of putting up big numbers, as he had shown just four days before their matchup.
Porter had already shown glimpses early in the season.
But ever since he slid into the starting lineup because of injuries, he’s established himself as one of the best first-year players in the entire league.
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin made it loud and clear that he’ll continue to roll with him as the starter for the remainder of the season, and rightfully so.
Porter’s old man was a fan favorite in Pittsburgh, but his son’s success has nothing to do with nepotism; he’s earned it.
Also, the young corner is ahead of schedule in terms of establishing himself as a part of the team when compared to his father, so one can only imagine how his career could turn out.