PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers needed free agent defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke last Sunday. But few realize it, including the Oakland Raiders, who cut the 2011 draftee in the off-season.
In hindsight, perhaps the black-and-blue Black and Silver actually miss him?
“I’m over here now. I don’t know what’s going on over there…but I know they’re missing some corners,” Van Dyke told 93.7 The Fan’s Jim Colony on the South Side Thursday as his new team prepares to face his old team and its banged-up secondary at the Oakland Coliseum in Week 3.
Van Dyke helped the Steelers establish valuable field position in a 27-10 win over the New York Jets at Heinz Field in Week 2 when head coach Mike Tomlin used him in punt coverage, and also helped force a special teams turnover in the victory.
“[Special teams] Coach Amos [Jones] teaches different techniques every day in practice,” he added. “Coach Tomlin is always talking about making splash plays, so I went out there and did it.”
Van Dyke told Colony what it’s like to play in “The Black Hole”:
Kickoff between the Steelers and Raiders is set for 4:25 Sunday on KDKA-TV, with CBS Sports’ Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the call.
Listen to Colony, along with Gregg Giannotti and Paul Alexander, for more Steelers-Raiders analysis Friday on The Fan Morning Show, weekdays 5:40-10:00 A.M., on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan.