Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke could be heading back to Oakland this week with revenge on his mind. He could be bitter and angry after being let go from the Raiders on Sept. 3, after they gave their former third-round draft pick just one season to prove himself.
But he doesn’t feel that way, he isn’t upset, and it’s because he feels like he is in a better situation after being signed by the Steelers.
“I kind of had a feeling it was coming,” said Van Dyke. “I have no hard feelings. It’s a business. I understand that part of it. It happens like that.
“I didn’t show any emotion. I wasn’t upset, which is crazy. My mom asked if I was upset and I said no because I am going closer to home (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and it’s a great opportunity for me.”
He also found himself now playing for the team he was hoping would have drafted him when he came out of the University of Miami.
“It’s crazy because when I was coming out in the draft I told my mom I wanted to be a Pittsburgh Steeler,” said Van Dyke. “I met Coach (Mike) Tomlin at my pro day. My mom had a good feel for him. I also met Mr. (Kevin) Colbert. Everything was going right and I said if they draft me, I will be happy.
“Oakland drafted me and things happen for a reason. They let me go and now I am where I wanted to be in the first place.”
Tomlin has been pleased with Van Dyke’s contributions so far on special teams, which includes downing a punt against the Denver Broncos on the one-yard line, and preventing a punt by the New York Jets to be downed at the Steelers one-yard line.
For now Van Dyke understands his role is on special teams, but would welcome work in the Steelers’ defense, even though he is still learning it.
“Hopefully I get a chance to play corner, but right now I am doing what Coach Tomlin tells me to do,” said Van Dyke. “I am focusing on special teams, making tackles on the punt returner or guarding my guy there at gunner.”
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