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Cameron Sutton shows his versatility in Steelers secondary school



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In the slot. As the cent linebacker. On the outside corner, strong in safety or free.

When in secondary education, Cameron Sutton has played it during his two full seasons plus a preseason at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Every position feels like home," Sutton said before practicing Wednesday in St. Vincent.

Sutton also had many homes during this training camp. The selection for the third round of 2017 served as a "dime" for the first team and as "nickel" for the second team, and he was with the third team on the outside corner.

Sutton last week denied 49 of the 94 defensive snaps the Steelers their preseason victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started on the outside corner and switched to nickel in the second half for the last two series he played.

"I thought he did some solid things," said coach Mike Tomlin this week. "He did some solid stuff out here and I played outside, but I think only a description of his performance and contributions to that point was really solid at this point, his versatility really shows, he was above and beyond the line and inside I think it's useful for him to earn and establish a role ̵

1; and obviously useful to us. "

Tomlin's official company line is that Sutton's role for 2019 is not yet defined, and that's for sure when three-and-a-half weeks elapse until the start of the regular season and a lot of hurt or power can happen by then.

When the regular season started today, based on the training repeats on Chuck Noll Field and in the preseason game and even Tomlins effusive praise Suttons role would probably be the best support for all cornerbacks, with the role of the money His is his own.

With the Steelers – as with most NFL teams – this will not be increasingly the case with cent packages a trivial one.

"Every role is fine with me," said Sutton. "I just come here to work. That's pretty much everything.

Does Sutton have a favorite position?

"No, I do not. "

" Ultimately, it's secondary, "Sutton said a moment ago," so they're all the same things. Guys can play any position out there and everyone is interchangeable. But sometimes, even when I am in a corner, I have to close a certain gap, as if I were a dime supporter. Or maybe nickel gives me a certain fit or leverage that may require me to switch from inside to outside play. So you know, it just depends on the coverage and the details of the defense. "

Sutton can give the Steelers a high profile as a utility advocate this season, especially with established veterans Joe Haden and Steven Nelson on the outside corners, and Mike Hilton has proved over the last two years that he is a good nick option can.

But does he develop a reputation as a proverbial all-rounder, except as a master of nothingness? Ideally, picks for the third round starting into their third NFL season should be picked up by all players. And although Sutton took an adequate role in the years 2017 to 2017, when he sometimes got an expanded role, the Steelers Haden and Nelson have committed and designed additional cornerbacks for Brian Allen and Justin Layne since Sutton was drafted.

With Sutton eligible for an extension at this time next year and an anticipated full free agency in only Being able to pin down a role could be beneficial to his or her career.

However, Sutton walks up the street and reiterates the stereotype that his favorite role is to instruct the coaches to serve or play on a particular day.

The biggest question mark regarding Sutton's place in the secondary pecking order seems to be whether he or Artie Burns is the # 3 option on the outside if anything should happen to the well-paid starting duo of Haden and Nelson.

Sutton said he has not learned where to play Saturday's preseason No. 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week's play was in part a function of four cornerbacks that were not played for injury or injury protection.

"I watch the movie, learn things," Sutton said, "and help translate and correlate them a week later and for a week, and be prepared to work every day. "

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Chris Adamski is a member of the Tribune Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .