Coty Sensabaugh Ready To Be The ‘Next Man Up’

I don’t have the scientific data on it but I’m pretty sure the player we talked about least on this site was Coty Sensabaugh. Heck, this is only the third article with his name in the headline since the start of the season. Some speculated he could be cut when Cam Sutton returns.

With Joe Haden out for at least this week, and probably a month, Sensabaugh has been thrust from afterthought to starter and all eyes on him. But as a veteran with a ton of Sunday experience, the role is a familiar one.

“It’s been cool,” Sensabaugh told reporters via Steelers.com. “Another opportunity to go out there and prove myself. Prove myself to this team and get a win.”

His snaps Sunday were the first he had gotten all season on defense. He had one pass deflection and was involved in the run game, an overall solid showing. Thursday, however, will provide a greater test.

It’ll also be a team Sensabaugh used to play for. The Tennessee Titans drafted him in the 4th round of the 2012 draft. Since leaving there, his road has been rocky. The Los Angeles Rams gave him a three year deal but quickly turned their nose at him, benching and releasing him in short order. Last year, he finished out with the New York Giants before the Steelers came calling in the offseason. It’s all the motivation he needs to prove to the league he can still play.

“Honestly man, everything that’s happened to me within the last year, I don’t need no more motivation,” he said.

He’ll get to play on a prime time stage though as he tells it, he’s just happy to have the chance to play on defense, no matter the time or opponent.

“It could’ve been Sunday morning, it could’ve been Friday night, it could’ve been anytime. I’m just excited to get out there and help this team get another victory. We have a big goal in mind and every week we’re trying to get closer to that.”

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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • #beatthepats

    I thought he played well in Hadens absence , looking foward to the next man up!

  • Matt Manzo

    You’re right, Alex! We need more Sensi!
    Is there a breakdown of his play coming, from last weeks snaps? I know he wasn’t targeted a bunch but id love to hear what you guys thought of his first action. I’d be able to sleep better, til Thursday!

  • TroymanianDevil

    I’m going to guess no DB gets cut. I’m going to venture and say Big Dan is the guy cut for Sutton

  • TroymanianDevil

    That’s a great username

  • Alex Kozora

    Matthew might have a write up.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I was going to do one but with such a short week there’s not enough time to get to everything. I thought he played pretty well for the most part as well. He gave up a third-down conversion on a six-yard comeback on third and six, but broke up a deeper pass two plays before that. He got beat by Hilton I think in the 2nd quarter for like 13 or 16 yards, and had some clean-up tackles. Didn’t see a ton of action come his way.

    I mean really, outside of 2 passes, the Colts didn’t do much of anything.

  • Matt Manzo

    Thanks man! Will Sensi starting change the way our cbs play their wrs? Maybe Burns start shadowing?

  • Matt Manzo

    Do they have a wr that we should be concerned about? I’m worried, with Mitchell and Haden out.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I would be surprised if they change up much. They haven’t played too much man (I think Alex is actually going to have a video up in the morning about this, and maybe will even touch on Sensabaugh), but I would expect that they’ll pretty much plug him in and only change things if they find it becomes necessary. They weren’t asking Haden to do anything particularly special, just do his job, so it shouldn’t necessitate much of a change of plans.

  • #beatthepats

    Thanks! Eff them cheaters.

  • TroymanianDevil

    EFFFF ALL of them cheaters from Tommy to Billy and everyone in between