Every single Pittsburgh Steelers fan was ecstatic when the team managed to land Joey Porter Jr. in the NFL Draft.
On top of the family tradition, he was a standout prospect who could make an immediate impact on any team he played for.
It took him a while, but once he got a hold of the starting job because of an injury, he never looked back.
While some might want to accuse Mike Tomlin of nepotism or having favoritism, Porter actually earned every single snap in his rookie season.
As pointed out by Steelers beat writer Dale Lolley and NextGen Stats, the rookie cornerback allowed just 0.9 yards per coverage snap this season as the nearest defender, which is the fourth-lowest of any outside corner in the NFL with at least 250 coverage snaps (via Dale Lolley on Twitter).
Per NextGen stats, Steelers rookie Joey Porter Jr. allowed .9 yards per coverage snap this season as the nearest defender. That's the 4th lowest of any outside corner in the NFL with at least 250 coverage snaps.
— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) January 8, 2024
The standout youngster ended up playing 807 defensive snaps this season, which is 71 percent of his team’s total defensive snaps.
Nonetheless, his status as a part-time player early in the season might hurt his chances of winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, even though he became a steady contributor and lockdown defender in the final stretch of the campaign.
Porter played a huge part in the Steelers’ ability to make the playoffs and keep coach Tomlin’s winning season streak alive.
His work ethic was remarkable, which is no surprise, considering the fact that he had black and gold blood running through his veins, and he knew Tomlin wouldn’t even give him the time of day if he didn’t leave it all out there every single day.