Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cameron Sutton shined early in rookie minicamp
PITTSBURGH — For at least five years, Cameron Sutton has prided himself on knowing where all his defensive teammates are supposed to be at a given time during a given play.
It helps ensure that he’s in the right place, too, he said.
On Thursday afternoon, that was checking into the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. On Thursday night, that was settling into a hotel room with his college roommate-turned-Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs. And as the Steelers broke into their first full 11-on-11 sessions of rookie minicamp, the right spot for Sutton was stepping onto the field as a first-choice cornerback.
It should be. He’s a third-round pick in 50-man camp where nearly half the players aren’t even on the team. As much as that relative success is expected, though, Sutton is especially excited by his first few moments practicing for Steelers coaches.
“It’s been really good to me so far, love being around my teammates right now, the coaches. Everyone’s really embraced me – not just me – but everyone around here in general,” Sutton said. “It’s just very loving, caring and they’re all about their business every time they step out there on the field.”
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For Sutton, it has to be that way. He’s his best, most natural self on the field when he and his teammates are “tied to a string.”
And while many of the players he practiced and stood around this weekend won’t be sharing a locker room with him for long, Sutton’s already glanced ahead to one who will.
He’s watched a little film of Antonio Brown, who in recent years has made a habit of eviscerating rookie cornerbacks in off- and preseason practices. Artie Burns was no exception last year, but Sutton is looking forward to meeting Brown on the practice field.
They’ll improve each others’ games, he said. Sutton will have to wait 10 days to test that theory, once organized team activities (OTAs) begin.
In the mean time that was the end of Friday’s practice, though, Sutton found himself in ideal position once more.
Working as the corner in a 9-on-7, offense vs. defense period, Sutton sprung out toward the sideline to swat a ball away from a waiting receiver. When he rose, he was right in front of Mike Tomlin, shouting his praises.
“It’s not arrogance or anything like that, but you got that mentality that you’re the best guy on the field,” Sutton said. “If that’s not your mentality on the field then you’re going to be in some trouble out there.”
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