Look: Steelers Cornerback Joey Porter Jr. Makes Wild Statement Following Rookie Campaign

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Dec 23, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (24) reacts as he takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 34-11. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 23, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (24) reacts as he takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 34-11. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI — Steelers cornerback Jerry Porter Jr. believes he's the top defensive back in the NFL.

The 23-year-old shared his thoughts with Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

“There are a lot of good DBs in this league,” Porter said. “Nobody was doing what I was doing going against WR1s the entire year and locking him down. I don’t care if I am mentioned in there or not because they are going to hear my name eventually.”

Porter had a successful rookie campaign, finishing with 43 tackles, 10 passes defensed and one interception in 17 games (11 starts). Despite his success, he has a long way to go if he wants to be mentioned among the NFL's top cornerbacks.

Porter will get a chance to show what he can do this winter against Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins when the Bengals play the Steelers twice in a five week span.


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James Rapien

JAMES RAPIEN

James Rapien covers the Bengals for Sports Illustrated's AllBengals.com and is one-half of the Locked on Bengals Podcast. He's also the co-owner/creator of Cincinnati Bengals Talk on YouTube. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Cincinnati and has spent the majority of his professional career in the Queen City. Rapien previously covered the Cavaliers and Indians in Cleveland. He has a background in radio, which includes stops at 700 WLW, ESPN 1530 and 92.3 The Fan. He loves a good trade rumor and uses copious amounts of hot sauce on his food. Cincinnati chili is his go-to meal, followed by gallons of mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. When he isn't working or eating, he's probably walking his dog Finley or spending time with family.