Tomlin Says Rookies Dobbs, Sutton Both Benefited From Bye Week Opportunities

The Pittsburgh Steelers benefited greatly in several different ways during their bye week as not only did it provide some extra time for injured players to get healthy, a few younger players were able to get some much-needed and meaningful practice reps in. During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talked a little about how a few younger players on the roster benefited from the team’s bye week.

“It provided an opportunity for some devolving players to get some work,” Tomlin explained. “Specifically, guys like Josh Dobbs, a third quarterback that doesn’t get a lot of work once you start playing football games. I thought he had a couple of good days of work during the bye week for us. A guy like Cam Sutton, a young developing guy, a guy that’s coming off of an injury, getting an opportunity to work and get live reps. I thought it was significant for a number of developing people. Those are just two guys I chose to highlight.”

Joshua Dobbs, who is still the team’s No. 3 quarterback, probably hasn’t received very many practice reps since the preseason ended so it’s great to hear that he was afforded the opportunity to get some extra time this past week while starter Ben Roethlisberger reportedly rested his arm and body. Dobbs has been inactive for every game this season and barring injuries, that’s likely to continue during the second half of the regular season.

As for Cameron Sutton, who was allowed to resume practicing last Tuesday, the young cornerback remains on track to return from his hamstring injury in a few more weeks. As of today, the Steelers have 14 days remaining before they’ll need to decide to either place Sutton on the 53-man roster or leave him on the Reserve/Injured list the remainder of the season.

Sutton, the Steelers first of two third round draft picks this year, only played in two of the team’s four preseason games due to a hamstring injury that he originally suffered during training camp. The Tennessee product re-injured that hamstring during the preseason finale and ultimately was placed on the Reserve/Injured list at the start of the regular season with hopes he could be given a designated-to-return label during the second half of the season.

“He’s never played in a professional game,” Tomlin said Tuesday when asked what difficulties Sutton faces when it comes to him potentially carving out a role for himself during the second half of the season.

  • Z Vranic RMT

    I really think they should move Brian Allen to FS. He could back up Mitchell then fight him for the position next year or be ready to step in after next season.

  • Z Vranic RMT

    In Allen I see a 6’3″ 215-220 lb freak with 4.3 speed with WR/CB experience who loves to fill the hole. Let Kelce, Gronk and the other TE’s deal with that. Then you have room for Sutton and Allen!

  • thomas hmmmm

    I wonder if he is playing different secondary spots, such as safety? I thought he looked pretty good in the preseason considering he is such a project. I would try him at as many different spots to see where he is most comfortable and looks the best.

  • Chad Weiss

    So excited to see Sutton whenever that may be. It won’t surprise me one bit if this kids the best cb in that secondary when he gets his shot.

  • SeventhHeavan

    I kinda like that idea but I still think he has the potential to be a good corner in this league.

  • dennisdoubleday

    I want to see Davis at FS. Next year, if not sooner.

  • Rocksolid20

    Next year

  • MC

    This team has had a few re-aggravations of previous injuries this season and last, could it be the medical staff not making the right evaluations?

  • MC

    I wouldn’t mind seeing davis at FS, he seems more like a FS in the way he plays. Then draft a good SS that can play really well in the box, a Sharmarko type but one that is actually good.

  • Tom McConnell

    He played both in college. I had picked Allen in the 7th as a safety. It could be a good fit.

  • Z Vranic RMT

    A good corner maybe a better safety? I could see moving Davis ro FS and Allen to strong. I always believed that they should have moved Cortez to safety once he lost his confidence playing with his back to the ball. I remember when they put Cortez as a rookie ( i believe) against Gronk . Gronk and NE were stymied and lost. They never did that again.

  • Andrew

    He has a good build for that position, but he won’t make any sort of change until next offseason. I feel like we will get a safety within the first three rounds next years draft.

  • Steeler4l1f3

    Agree. Safety would been the pick in round 2 if an elite S fell to them. They were interested in several top 5 S. Maye, Jones and Budda

  • Conserv_58

    They signed J.J. Wilcox for that reason.

  • Conserv_58

    I doubt that. The players must also be up front and honest with the medical staff.