LATROBE, Pa. — Training camp begin with a new, though long touted position for Steelers third-round pick Cameron Sutton.
He’s a slot cornerback in Latrobe, in addition to being an outside cover man. At rookie minicamp, organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp he was all but strictly an outside corner. The shift has gone relatively smoothly for Sutton, he said, and is far from permanent.
“I’m not really sure which one I’m definitively playing at. It also helps being able to play inside and outside so I’m really embracing that,” Sutton said.
William Gay played outside and in during the 2015 season, when the Steelers leaked lots of passing yardage with a rotation of Gay, Antwon Blake and Ross Cockrell, who had been a Buffalo Bills player for all of preseason. Former Philadelphia Eagles corner Brandon Boykin became the slot corner late in the year, nudging Gay outside opposite Cockrell or Blake.
Pittsburgh’s corners and defensive backs coach Carnell Lake as well as Mike Tomlin have spoken of trying to play a more aggressive form of defense at the line of scrimmage. And Lake, in the same press conference during the draft, said Sutton could play in the slot or outside in such a setup.
Through the first two days of camp practice, Gay and Mike Hilton were the top two slot corners. Senquez Golson, who began 2016 camp as the Steelers’ first-choice slot corner has remained outside. Coty Sensabaugh and starting strong safety Sean Davis can also defend in the slot.
Where the spring was about Sutton getting acclimated, training camp has quickly tested his versatility. He’s still rooming with longtime friend…
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