Former Tennessee Vols defensive back Cam Sutton has seen limited action for the Pittsburgh Steelers during his first two seasons in the NFL.
Sutton played in 15 games last year for Pittsburgh, but he started only one game. He compiled 22 total tackles and one interception.
Good coverage from Cam Sutton and he gets the interception. Ball would’ve had to be to Gordon’s outside shoulder and much higher. Risky throw. pic.twitter.com/TciCvBuXlx
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 9, 2018
With the Steelers’ starting cornerbacks basically in place for 2019, it would be easy to think of Sutton as an afterthought in Pittsburgh.
But that might not be the case.
According to 247Sports’ Jim Wexell, the former Vol cornerback has been standing out recently, saying “He’s been quick and active”.
Wexell noted that Sutton has been working exclusively at the slot corner position, which is currently being held down by Mike Hilton.
And that’s where things could get interesting.
Hilton is currently without a contract. He hasn’t signed his exclusive rights free agent tender. Hilton is hoping to land a longterm contract with the Steelers. But Sutton’s emergence this spring/summer gives Pittsburgh some leverage. If Sutton continues to perform well, he could be a viable starting option for the Steelers. As Wexell noted, Sutton is a “threat” to Hilton.
Vol fans already know how good Sutton can be. He came to Tennessee as an unheralded three-star recruit and ended up being one of the Volunteers’ most important defensive players.
I learned from his days at UT to never count out Cam Sutton. That’s why I’m not doubting that he could possibly end up making a big impact in the NFL for the Steelers.
And it sounds like the Steelers are well aware of Sutton’s potential, too.
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