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Steelers' Coty Sensabaugh on his strong camp: 'Feel like I can still play in this league a long time'

Chris Adamski
| Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger takes like his is going to tackle cornerback Coty Sensabaugh after an interception by quarterback Josh Dobbs during practice Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at Saint Vincent College.
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger takes like his is going to tackle cornerback Coty Sensabaugh after an interception by quarterback Josh Dobbs during practice Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at Saint Vincent College.

Another training-camp practice, another big play for Coty Sensabaugh.

Yet another piece of proof supporting that Sensabaugh will be on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster.

Part of a crowded cornerbacks corps, the seven-year NFL veteran quietly put together a solid training camp at Saint Vincent. And while his precise role come the regular season remains murky, Sensabaugh is increasingly looking like a player the Steelers can’t afford to cut.

“My body feels the best it’s ever been (and) I feel mentally the best I have ever been,” Sensabaugh said from Saint Vincent prior to the Steelers breaking camp Tuesday. “So I am feeling good about this year and the future moving forward.

“I feel like I can still play in this league a long time.”

But with the Steelers at cornerback having established starters in Artie Burns and Joe Haden, an emerging starter in the slot in Mike Hilton and second-year players with potential in Cameron Sutton and Brian Allen… where does that leave much room for Sensabaugh?

After coming to the Steelers on a two-year, $2.6 million deal in March 2017, Sensabaugh made four starts among his 14 games with the team last year.

But he was eventually passed on the depth chart by Sutton, and even as the Steelers expand their secondary it is expected that most of the additional DB reps in their “dime” and “dollar” packages will go to safeties.

But if anyone thought Sensabaugh would go down quietly, think again. He had an interception during a team session early in camp, another one in the Steelers’ preseason opener at Philadelphia last week and capped off the Latrobe portion of camp with another interception Tuesday.

But that’s not all: Sensabaugh has regularly made plays against a variety of Steelers’ receivers of all ability levels on the depth chart, in “Seven Shots” and other 11-on-11 play all camp long.

“I feel like I have had a good camp,” Sensabaugh said. “But I try not to look at the big picture, I just try to go out there every day and win that specific day and make plays that specific day…

“Go out there; see ball, get ball.”

Most of Sensabaugh’s reps have been as an outside cornerback, but he has extensive NFL experience in the slot, too. William Gay’s 2017 role as a dime defensive back (a quasi-linebacker) also is up for grabs. Sensabaugh is an experienced special teams player, as well.

In all, he’s a good insurance policy for the Steelers to keep in case of injury at cornerback. He might not be the player that the Rams gave $19 million to as a free agent in March 2016 (they cut him seven months, four games and $7.5 million later), but he is a reliable veteran and good locker-room presence who seems to be worthy of keeping around.

“I feel like I have gotten better every year that I have been in the league,” Sensabaugh said, “and Lord willing I feel like I can play in this league a long time.

“I feel like every year I have been in the league I went in having to prove myself to earn my job. Even my rookie year I felt like that, going into my second year I felt like that and going into my seventh year I feel like that. Maybe that’s the reason I have made it this far and this long; I treat it like it’s my first time every time and just try to go out there and compete every day.”

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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