Sensabaugh Gets First-Team Reps Over Cockrell During Wednesday’s Practice

Is Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell in jeopardy of losing his starting job with just a few weeks left to go before the start of regular season? It’s hard to know for sure, but for what it’s worth, fellow cornerback Coty Sensabaugh reportedly took first-team reps in place of Cockrell during the team’s Wednesday practice, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cockrell obviously didn’t have a good showing in the Steelers Sunday preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons. Not only was he torched by Falcons rookie undrafted free agent wide receiver wide receiver Reggie Davis for a deep pass completion midway through the second quarter of that game, Cockrell was seemingly beat for an easy red zone score by Falcons first-year wide receiver Marvin Hall earlier in the quarter but the player failed to hold onto the football in the end zone.

Sensabaugh, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, had reportedly been running second-team behind Cockrell all throughout training camp and in the team’s first two preseason games. It will now be interesting to see if he gets the start over Cockrell in the team’s third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at Heinz Field.

Cockrell started ever game for the Steelers last season and has since signed a one-year restricted tender.

  • 6 ring circus

    Wuuuutttt?!?! Can’t be any worse. The secondary needs a spark. Maybe this is it. Here We Go Steelers!

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Ross must not be a Tomlin guy.

  • Biggie

    Cockrell has had a rough TC for sure, need to figure something out. If Burns can hold up his end, teams will come after Cockrell or whoever is on that side. Need to make sure there is help from Safety

  • CP72

    Maybe Ross is more of a zone corner. If you play more man it starts to expose his weaknesses.

  • Boots

    Whether it lasts or not, I’m glad there was some kind of consequence for what happened Sunday. I don’t know if this could be permanent or if it’s just a wake-up call, but at least the admission that Sunday was unacceptable is encouraging!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I have been in Cockrells corner but man, he has had a rough go of it here lately. What makes me curious, is why Tomlin is so willing to make this move when Cockrell at least has a solid past with the team. I am certain nobody has forgotten so soon, but Antwon Blake was abysmal and Tomlin ran with that man all season isntead of changing him out.

  • T3xassteelers

    Good. I’m not one of those Cockrell haters, but maybe it’s a good idea to see how much better (or worse) Sensabaugh does.

  • walter

    Whats up with Cockrell? He has had a rough camp.

  • John Noh

    Maybe alleviating the pressure of not being the front-line guy will help him get his confidence back. He’s so tentative right now. I don’t think Cody is the long-term solution either. I’m hoping to see Cam Sutton show up big and take that job from both these guys.

  • gdeuce

    so much for Cockrell being PFF’s secret superstar

  • H.K. northern cali

    C.B. first rd #18???

  • Jason

    Or maybe Cockrell is just really good at keeping secrets.

  • stan

    I was never a big fan of Cockrell’s (though I was thrilled to get him when we were so desperate for even mediocre cb play) but he’s so far down this year I have to wonder whether he ‘s injured.

  • dillon degroot

    It’s not likely that Tomlin is giving Coty the spot…It’s more likely that he’s just testing the waters and seeing how Coty does. There’s also a chance that the point of this was to be a wake up call to Cockrell. Either do better or you lose your spot, because the man behind you is waiting for the chance to take your job.

  • Michael James

    What many forget: Blake was actually ok in his very first season here. Many wanted him to play more. Well, it turned out that he was only so solid in his first season, because all the other bad CBs got targeted way more. Once Blake got actually targeted (better: picked on) in his second season, we all saw how good he was. I think it could be the same with Cockrell in all honesty. Last season everyone targeted Burns and therefore Cockrell also looked better than he normally would’ve.

  • PaeperCup

    Cockrell looked bad, against a rookie none the less.

  • ryan72384

    I forget if it was one of the writers or just someone posting on here but I remember somebody saying right after Coty was signed that they guaranteed he would be starting outside over Cockrell week 1. Hopefully Coty can shore up that spot and at least be a relevant number 2 corner. Not sure we even have a number 1.. man our passrush needs to be special this year.

  • PaeperCup

    *#32

  • dillon degroot

    Ross is most definitely a zone corner…He did well with zone trail schemes, which are like half man half zone…But in 1v1 coverage Ross is a bit of a liability. If this isn’t just a wake up call to Ross, I don’t like Coty being a starter. He’s “eh” at everything…Although the Steelers have put themselves in a position where there aren’t many other appealing options. Sutton’s been hurt, Allen’s still developing…Unless they move Gay outside and play Hilton in the slot, I don’t see anyone else on the roster I’d rather have outside than Cockrell.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Maybe he learned from his mistakes lol

  • PaeperCup

    😅

  • ryan72384

    Looks extremely stiff this year to me. No fluidity in his hips when he’s breaking or turning to run. He was never the most agile looking corner but he just looks slow this year.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Good points. Maybe Tomlin really did learn from his mistakes as Nate pointed out.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Yeah good points. I am not just assuming Cockrell is out or anything, just laying out some thoughts on it.

  • #beatthepats

    Amen!

  • dillon degroot

    Yeah, I’m hoping it’s just a wake up call..I don’t want to see Coty as a starter. I’d rather see Gay slide outside and Hilton take over the slot than see Coty take the outside job. Hopefully Sutton can make his way back and show his talents…Hopefully lol.

  • ryan72384

    Lol Blake was so bad. The guy was ridiculously athletic but was so bad in coverage. Always thought if he added some size he could have been a safety. Had great speed and ball skills just couldn’t cover wide receivers.

  • Big Joe

    A couple of good reasons to do that: 1) see if someone else does a better job and 2) make a point that no job is safe then see how Cockrell responds.

  • Big Joe

    That’s exactly the view I saw in the game too. He looked slow. DHB looked same way in game 1.

  • SilverSteel

    This last game of Cockrell’s was a real eye opener. I was watching him in soft zone, and he just kept backing up like he had no confidence in his speed at all. He may be hurt… I have also liked him for his consistency last year. After the first Bengals game, he showed really well, and I thought we had a keeper. I didn’t know that aggressive CB play was not his thing.

  • colingrant

    People are upset with Cockrell’s play and I’m wondering why. He’s a journeyman. He was acquired the way journeyman are acquired, through waivers. WAIVERS! Being thrust into a starting role doesn’t change that fact. If DHB starts at wide receiver opposite of Brown, he’s not turning into a decent pass catching option. Ain’t happening. DHB is an important role player that championship teams need, but ONLY in the role they’re capable of fulfilling really well. Not in the role of a significant starter.

    Cockrell is not a starter. Not his fault. The Steelers long term option is just starting his last year of college football eligibility. In the meantime, Cockrell’s role hopefully is as an extra defensive back. We’ll have to see if Sensabaugh can play and pray Burns stays healthy. I still think even a declining Revis (last year’s version) is better than any option outside of Burns on our roster.

  • Steve Johnson

    William Gay can’t even play the slot, his time has come. This is the F/O fault, there were plenty of CB’s in the draft. I still think taking a WR in the 2nd could come back to haunt them. Don’t get me wrong, excited about JuJu Smith, I just think CB was more important.

  • SilverSteel

    Oh if that were true, I would have revived hope!! Now that I read that last post, you know, Blake was built for and probably would have made a great safety. Wonder why we didn’t try that.

  • Steve Johnson

    Good Point!

  • Sonny Saks

    Makes you wonder if Colbert and company had real interest in Trumaine Johnson. It will be the same old same old this year with New England.

  • WreckIess

    Not just him, but Mike Hilton also got 1st team reps today according to Wex. Well deserved. The guy has been balling out all camp.

  • jsteeler

    Who cares about what you think.

  • SilverSteel

    Wow, don’t be a douche

  • jsteeler

    COACH TOMLIN AIN’T DOING ISH,. THIS IS COACH BUTLERS DEFENSE.
    HE PLACES THE MEN IN THEIR POSITIONS.
    PAY ATTENTION.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    The worst corner I can ever remember watching

  • SilverSteel

    That is huge IMO, I was hoping that would happen, but I knew (deep down), that it wouldn’t. MT must really be trying to send a message or he has had enough.

  • jsteeler

    The negativity with these comments are sickening. I see why.

  • afrazier9

    I hope you guys know i called this Sunday. My game one starters are Burns, Sensabaugh, and Hylton . I was told that this was a bold prediction SMH

  • WreckIess

    I mean, they didn’t take all of the reps. They just got some of them. Not out of the woods yet.

  • SilverSteel

    You did, I read it and your boldness may just be right. I know if I was coach, I would be doing some experimenting in practice. At a minimum it lights a fire under the vets.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Or course it was. This isn’t revisionist history… this is common sense. Either CB or another LB (I or O) was the prudent way to go. But assuming we really felt like we got a steal with Watt, CB was the ticket.

    (Oh, and NOT Cam Sutton.)

  • SilverSteel

    I was watching the side by side drills with Cockrell and Burns in slow motion and the reaction times were not even close. It was an eye opener just how good of an athlete Burns is, and how Cockrell is not in his athletic league.

  • Darth Blount 47

    But… but…but… *Scheme* has been our problem. SMH.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I can recall a time when William Gay made me tear my hair out.

  • pittsburghjoe

    This is like 2 o’clock in the morning at the local pub and the lights just went on. They have big vanity problem at CB. Primanti’s anybody?

  • Darth Blount 47

    I knew we should have paid for Logan Ryan…………………………….

  • SilverSteel

    I was waiting how long it would take before you mentioned Ryan again. That still sticks in my craw. What could have been. I hope Sutton pans out. I like his aptitude and drive. And, of course, I love the Hilton hype too. I am fully on that train and having cocktails on the dinner car.

  • SilverSteel

    And wasn’t it Kevin King (4th rd) we also passed on who is lighting it up stat wise right now?

  • Jaybird

    Lol . Your right- if Coach Butler was super pissed that AB was making it look easy in practice, I can only imagine how pissed he was after seeing how easy a third string QB and second string WRs made it look this past Sunday for a few drives.

  • Ni mo

    He’s neither

  • Ni mo

    It won’t hurt to bring revis in for a visit to see what he have ,or trade Coates for trey Wayne’s

  • Mr jack

    smart move ,Ross is a so so cb and he does not need to start.

  • John Phillips

    Ryan hasn’t looked great this preseason either

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Yeah his first time through I was one of the haters. He was much much better on his return.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    We got Sutton to potentially play the slot.

  • ryan72384

    Burns is athletic as hell. He has the elite athleticism to be a number 1 corner. Has the length and speed. All the physical tools. Still needs to get stronger but if he could turn into another Ike Taylor (the most underrated cornerback in the NFL in the mid 2000s) I would be thrilled.

  • Reezy

    Right… Gay used to be the weakest link in the Steelers D…

  • Dan

    Ross seems to struggle with speed. I’ve never been impressed with his tacking, either. Not a bad player, but certainly no all-star. Not sure what to think about Sensabaugh just yet. I’d love to see what Sutton can do, but he missed a chunk of time with an injury. Allen isn’t ready yet. And as much as Hilton has impressed, he doesn’t seem like an outside CB.

  • SilverSteel

    Agreed, and his competitiveness with AB is going serve him well. Bright future…

  • dillon degroot

    That’s where you’re wrong. Tomlin meets with all his coaches and they come to a collective decision in respect to their side of the ball. Butler doesn’t make these decisions on his own, he gives his opinion and Tomlin makes the final decision. Tomlin has his hand in there. Tomlin has been making it a point to be more involved with the defense and the decisions made on that side of the ball. So no, it’s not Butler’s defense. It’s Butler’s and Tomlin’s defense, with Tomlin having final say. Any changes Butler wants to make go through him….So yeah, Tomlin is doing “ish”.

  • Jeff McNeill

    Is it possible to “lighting it up” in preseason?

  • S.T.

    I loved Ike, too, but I want to see Artie spend his career wrapping up INT opportunities.

  • Big White

    Why again was William Gay taken off the other outside corner?? Stellar.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Eric Rowe would have been a better option for us.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    You lost me at revis. Revis is washed up.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    No. Qb, safety and tight end.

  • hdogg48

    At this point if Senseabaugh can play just “decent” that
    would be an upgrade over Cockrell’s just “serviceable” play.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I wish Cockrell was more consistent. I like ol Ross. Oh well.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Probably because Will Gay played at safety today also.

  • psteelers

    The cornerback that will be starting opposite Burns in the playoffs isn’t currently on our roster. We’ll bring someone in who is at least functional.

  • Rocksolid20

    why not Golson /

  • Taylor Williams

    I want him to be more the Ike. Ike was great in his prime, but couldn’t catch nothing.
    Burns at least has hands.

  • Taylor Williams

    Who?

  • Taylor Williams

    Young Gay was worse

  • SilverSteel

    cmon man, you know what I mean.. in contrast to our first team D

  • SilverSteel

    You forgot adequate..

  • Darth Blount 47

    No, you’re thinking of my boy Desmond King, who I was screaming at the draft thread to take for a few rounds. He’s looked great out in LA.

    Kevin King went in the 2nd round to Green Bay. He started off a bit rocky himself this pre-season, but has rebounded some. I always thought Kevin King should switch to FS. Getting Des King would have been great. I never understood how so many people were down on the guy. It made zero sense to me.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I was wondering how long it would take myself! Lol! It’s like that crush who you get over and then see at the supermarket looking all good and you know at home your current fling has just gotten tests results back from the doctor. Uh oh… someone’s got the Clap.

  • Darth Blount 47

    He probably just wishes he was in Pittsburgh. Or maybe he just had some bad catfish down there in Tennessee that has lingered. Lol.

    He’s a good dude. There’s a story out about how after his got his recent money, he went and surprised his older brother by paying off his almost 90,000 in student loan debt. Had the brother in tears. Good stuff. That and the dude is a real animal lover. I like the guy. On the field and off.

  • walter

    looks slow is a good description

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m not sure about better, but I would take either one right now, that’s for sure.

  • John Pennington

    The change begins about time but dont stop there.

  • John A Stewart

    Thank God for AB and his comment’s about Cockrell

  • John A Stewart

    He’s too soft doesn’t like to tackle

  • AustinTxStillerFan

    Off topic, but want to know when Tomlin’s press conference is. Last year, they were on Tuesday even in preseason iirc. Last week was Friday? This week no Tuesday presser again. Was there a schedule change?

  • Lambert58

    Agree Darth. Thought Desmond King should have been taken much sooner. Couldn’t figure out why so many teams shied away from him. Seemed like he was blackballed or something.

  • Lambert58

    Cockrell was pretty bad in the portion of the game I saw. Man, I wish Brian Allen had one more year under his belt.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Cheaper, was available, and better in line with our play style.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I bet you’re wrong about that one. If they add anyone to the cb group at all, they won’t pay for a quality FA (none are left anyways), and will likely be picking off the scrap heap during final cut downs or making a trade for a player who they don’t use very much.

  • Boots

    That fling needs flung like monkey poo! Lol

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    Oh and the likeliest replacement at outside cb is Sensabaugh followed by Sutton.

  • psteelers

    Yea because the Steelers never grabbed a guy from the scrap heap and started them. I forgot Cockrell was drafted in the 3rd round by the Steelers a few years back and molded into the starting job after a few years *sarcasm *

  • Arthur Branch

    After his performance against Atlanta I thought this might happen. According to Tunch and Wolfe Coty has looked better than Cockrell all camp. Its good that they are not sticking with players that are not getting the job done. I hope someone took Golden’s reps today also.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    It looked like Ross’s feet were literally flat in his technique. It doesn’t bode well if this is the case…instability in the backend going into the season is not good. What’s on the waiver wire?

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    You do realize the ONE example you gave is the very guy that we’re talking about replacing, don’t you? Great idea, let’s grab another guy that is a temporary bandaid to a serious problem. Also, in your grade school response to me, you said, “molded into the starting job after a few years.”, yet the original thing I called you out on was the fact you claimed someone currently not on the roster would be starting opposite burns in the playoffs this year. Lol

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Haha I was just getting ready to comment on that. His feet weren’t just flat, his first step is towards the line of scrimmage. Terrible technique.

  • will

    Please leave……..you are high

  • Dorian James

    Dun dun duhhhhhhh

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    The 1 false step toward the LOS puts you 2 steps behind…the 1 he took forward and the 1 the WR took downfield. If you look at the replays he is 2 steps behind. 1st step has to be back. Good call MCC

  • kdubs412

    Yeah I think in past years the coaches would have waited to pull the trigger on this. Shows they realize they have got to get better results from the secondary, fast, or heads are gonna roll.

  • kdubs412

    This

  • John Phillips

    Would have loved Ryan, of course. I’m sure he will bounce back and have a good season. Sounds like a super dude.

  • Steve Johnson

    And that’s the reason your response means absolutely Nothing!

  • Steve Johnson

    You definitely can’t argue with T.J. Watt; besides, after Jarvis Jones, they were desperate for a change.

  • Steeler-Drew

    You are right. CB was more important but they never seem to see it that way. I’m not sure how much longer they can keep banging their head against wall before finally placing more value in the CB position. By the time they finally may get it Ben will be gone. Drafting Sutton in the third round and not getting a quality CB in free agency wasn’t going to cut it when they needed more immediate help. If they end the season with the same 5 from last year we will already know the result.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Steve –

    You seem to be catching a lot of heat for your comment. But I completely agree with every word of your post.

    The deepest CB draft in a decade. We desperately need another high quality corner. We bring in a free agent (Sensabaugh) as a veteran back up plan. And we have Golson coming back as an “extra” slot candidate. So what do we do?…

    We go OLB in round 1 (understandable). We go luxury WR in round 2 (when we’re already 6 deep at the position). And in so doing, we miss out on our CB of choice (Shaquille Griffin) who is playing fabulously for Seattle right now.

    The only thing worse would be to draft another Coty Sensabaugh clone (kind of a slot CB, maybe boundary CB in a pinch, sort of good at zone but not really a physical tackler, good at defending passes but not really at INT’s)… oh wait… Cam Sutton… Perfect.

    And then let’s wait until the 5th round to draft a raw boundary CB that we’ll just put on the practice squad this year (during our Super Bowl run) and hope he develops once Ben is gone.

    Let me be clear, I “root” for all Steelers players. But watching the guys in camp this year confirms what I thought on draft day. Aside from Watt, Colbert did not draft guys who could help us win the Super Bowl year.

    Should’ve been more aggressive and used some of those picks to move up and get a safety + CB when the run started. We’re gonna have Ju Ju on the bench this year while Shag Griffin CB or Budda Baker (hybrid safety) could’ve been substantial contributors.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Nice post and could not agree more. It hurts that Griffin is doing well especially being from my old school. I will give them Watt pick but passing on Griffin, Moreau, or even J. Lewis in second for depth at WR is just ridiculous. They also passed on a deepest TE class in years for what more depth? A QB that will never be better than a #2 and no offense to Conner but many were rated ahead of him and possibly could have been had in the 5th round. Drafting for depth from the 2nd round on is just ridiculous when the Super Bowl is now. When the draft was over I thought it was the worst since I could remember. Time will tell but I still feel that way now.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    Sad, but true. All of it. We have too much at WR to ignore such a gaping hole at CB… even if JuJu turns out to have been a relative value talent wise.

  • SeventhHeavan

    Good move. I say start rotating corners opposite of Burns until you find a decent starter. But they might never find it with this group. Maybe this Phillips kid from WA might be the one…

  • Matthew Marczi

    Coverage over the middle by linebackers have been our main problem. Backs and tight ends did way more damage than outside receivers last year. Most people don’t seem to appreciate that fact.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Actually it was his third season with the team in which he got picked on. And he played through multiple injuries the entire year.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah, as Shane said, I don’t think this had anything to do necessarily with looking to replace Gay. Gay said he got emergency safety work yesterday for the first time in about six years.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Of course they’re going to say they’re excited to have a guy their bosses just paid a ton of money for.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Thanks, this seems to be the most clear-headed comment on the entire article.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Because he’s better in the slot, and the team is better with him in the slot.

  • LgFriess

    I want to see Allen out there more with the 1’s, taking his lumps but learning. In the two plays above, I’d bet he’d be in better position then Cockrell. Heck, I would be in better position in the stands then Cockrell. At least I’d have a beer watching the WR run by.

  • michael young

    As he should. Cockrell had it rough against Atlanta. It could have been even worse if not for a few dropped passes. Imagine if he had to line up against Julio. If nothing else, this move serves two purposes. Additional motivation for Cockrell to step up his game, and motivation for Sensabaugh to continue his hard work in camp in hopes of getting the nod to start. This is a win, win here.

  • SilverSteel

    That is interesting. 🤔🤔

  • razaard2

    Hopefully it means sensabaugh is doing great instead of Cockrell is terrible. But for the observer, it sure looks like Cockrell is terrible on preseason and camp
    But that Marvin hall cut was nasty on a pick route. That kid probably have a mean crossover when playing basketball

  • SilverSteel

    That’s what I was wondering. When is Golden going to be challenged on the depth chart?

  • WreckIess

    I get it, but there’s something to be said about a backup taking a majority of the snaps at practice. On a practice after Golden, Will Gay, and Cockrell underperformed they’re looking a new guys on the first team in all those positions? Not a coincidence.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I know Ross has skills, but he may just not be cut out for man-to-man coverage. And the Steelers certainly can’t afford to advertise to their opponents that passing to whomever is being covered by Cockrell will move the chains—at least.

  • Aj Gentile

    How could you possibly know if these players are going to help or not?

  • Donte Williams

    to starspangledand Steve for one at the time of the draft the Steelers did not know about the future of MB, nor did they Know what J-Hunt would bring to the table so they went with possible plan A WR in the 2nd cause looking at the roster not knowing about MB or J-Hunt the WRs wouldve been AB (DOG), Coates (potential dog) DHB (team player) Ayers (potential) Eli (stil room to grow) Cobi Hamilton, Seveeren. are you comfortable starting a season with these 7? about the CB position adding Sutton and a potential A-Burns pt 2 in Allen in the 5th round can pay off cant grade a rookie class until 3-4yrs into their career. yes we couldve went with CB Safety in the 2nd but they didnt and we have to trust the brass they are built for this we as fans dont have the intel on what they the Steelers look for in a player we just gotta go off what we see with our eyes and read. have faith you two i dont think our draft was horrible

  • Donte Williams

    agree AJ gotta give rooks 3-4 years to even grade them
    we are fortunate to not be a position where we are picking top 10 year in year out to know even before OTAs rather our 1st 2nd or even 3rd roudner can be potential Dogs

  • KiJana Haney

    I don’t dislike cockrell as a player. I just think he is a glaring weak spot in our secondary right now. last year he was a stronger spot but now that burns has progressed so much cockrell is now the weak spot. If sensabaugh outperfoms cockrell on saturday I think it will be interesting who might start on the other side. Also lets see how sutton fits in this equation once he gets on the field.

  • Matt

    I’m no Football Guru, but it would be nice if they went after guys who have star potential in the secondary rather than guys who would probably be role players on other teams. I mean do you think Brady and the Pats are concerned about the secondary? No way. Great that they picked up TJ and Artie, but they need a splash player in the secondary and its absolutely nowhere to be found.

    Mitchell is mediocre and borderline liability
    Cockrell is probably cut on most teams
    Coty has been lackluster his entire career – Hope that changes or he provides a spark
    Gay has been solid, but no splash player and is probably at the point in his career where he should be a backup
    Sutton… too soon to tell, but never was a play maker in Tennessee. Good cover guy per reviews but not great
    Hilton – maybe he could be a guy who comes in and shakes it up, but that will take a bit of luck

    where do you go from there? don’t tell me they couldn’t have made this Secondary better this off season. I know that is not their style to go out in Free Agency, but you have to believe its going to haunt them. They are better than the majority of teams, but going to need more to be better than the pats/other teams that are SB contenders

    if you own a company and you know what your glaring hole is… you fix it… right?
    why wouldn’t they do that this off season?

  • psteelers

    I refuse to put anymore energy to this conversation. Your struggle to comprehend is not my problem.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I agree, comprehension is an issue here. You seem to be wanting to change your narrative. Will they be signing a player to start opposite of Burns in this year’s playoffs? (As you said in your first post) or will they mold this FA into a starter in a year or two? (Second post) Can you just admit that the starting outside corner for this year’s playoff run IS on the roster and that your first post that I called out was an exaggeration, or would you rather revisit this in January when you’ll be proven wrong?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It was one practice and the Steelers should always be looking for the bigger better deal at all spots. On the second slide Cockrell didn’t play awful coverage. He was a half step behind and the quarterback threw a great pass. If the pass was a little ahead or behind it is most likely incomplete. We have to realize that being a press CB is not Cockrells strong point either. If Sensabaugh continues to get reps and starts in the 3rd preseason game it is more then the Steelers doing do diligence at the position. In the meantime I will sit back and watch it transpire to see if it goes anywhere.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Because, unlike some posters, I actually watch the other teams’ preseason games. And I’ve seen these players perform against NFL talent. It’s not guessing anymore.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Maybe the non-coincidence is dissatisfaction with Golden at safety, giving Gay snaps there, rather than dissatisfaction with Gay in the slot yielding snaps to Hilton. But if Gay needs to get emergency snaps at safety, who else is going to play in the slot while he is in the back? Sutton is just getting back now.

  • WreckIess

    I’m looking more at the fact that Hilton got most of the snaps in practice. Sure Gay practiced some safety, but it couldn’t have been much if he was just getting some work in at emergency safety. With Davis, Golden, Dangerfield, Hagen, etc still practicing there couldn’t have been many reps for Gay there. Then you add in that Hilton took most of the first team reps on dress rehearsal week? I can’t say that’s for nothing. I’m not saying they’re about to give him the job, but it looks like the coaches wanted to get a look at him with the first team.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I’m not sure why you’re assuming Gay didn’t take the majority of snaps at safety.

  • WreckIess

    We could assume that, but that’s not very realistic and no one stated that he did. Gay also downplayed it completely so it just doesn’t sound like he spent a lot of time doing it.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I don’t know, in my opinion it’s the more logical assumption to make. I don’t understand why you would view it as unrealistic. With a starting safety out, there is an ideal opportunity to accomplish two objectives simultaneously without disrupting the ‘starting lineup’. You get Gay needed reps at safety, and while he’s playing safety, you get Hilton work in the slot with the first team.

    I would imagine Gay downplayed it because it would require several injuries in order for him to get in a game as a legitimate safety, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need the reps in the even that that happens. He got the reps several years ago when he was an emergency safety. You need to practice things even if they’re unlikely to happen.

    I just don’t understand what leads you to the assumption that Gay was standing on the sidelines watching Hilton take first-team reps, rather than playing with him on the field in the safety role. I’ve seen nobody indicate that he was getting time off, or running second-team.

    For what it’s worth, this is what SCI wrote (the only first-hand source that Hilton confirmed taking first-team reps to): “He confirmed he was the No. 1 slot cornerback most of the day, and that the staff moved Will Gay back to safety.”

    With that said, I would expect Hilton to get some work with the starters on Saturday. I expected that before yesterday’s news. It just makes sense to get a fringe player who looks like he’s going to make the team some live reps against actual starting players. On the other hand, Gay doesn’t need the reps. I don’t think there’s much to the latent supposition behind this that Hilton might become the starting slot corner over Gay, but I’ll readily admit to having misread the tea leaves if that is where we head. I suppose things could get interesting, though at the moment, it’s just one practice.

  • Zach Clary

    Man I was screaming at them to draft him too, he fell way too far in the draft and has been on fire throughout the preseason making plays. Honestly I think he’s a lot like Micah Hyde, but has a higher ceiling.

    I wanted so badly for the Steelers to draft him so I could call him the “King in the North” and buy a King jersey. One of these days one of my favorite Hawks will end up a Steeler.

  • Chad Weiss

    Sutton will be starting on outside by week four if he can stay healthy