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Jooser
08-02-2019, 08:25 AM
THIS is interesting.....

https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2019/8/1/20750720/upon-further-review-sutton-smith-playing-fullback-wasnt-just-a-gimmick-pittsburgh-steelers-nfl-news


Upon further review, Sutton Smith playing fullback wasnít just a gimmick

The Pittsburgh Steelers are using their rookie linebacker in as many roles as possible.

By Jeff.Hartman@BnGBlitz Aug 1, 2019, 4:42pm EDT

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Sutton Smith out of Northern Illinois in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft, fans saw the potential of a player who could be a pass rushing demon for the black-and-gold for years. What they didnít know, or see, was how Smith has a background on the offensive side of the football. In fact, in High School Smith was an accomplished running back.

So, when the rookies reported for rookie minicamp, and the Steelers had him running some drills with the offense, it raised some eyebrows. This continued through Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and Mandatory Minicamp, but no one thought it would ever last. After all, the team has Roosevelt Nix at full back, but here we are in the second week of training camp and Smith is still doing work with the offense.

Maybe it wasnít just a cute gimmick all along...

ďHonestly, Iím here for whatever he needs,Ē Smith told Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. ďIím here if he wants to put me at wide receiver or whatever. I like to see myself as an athlete, so I try to do my best. I mean, I played running back in high school and I was OK at it and he saw it on film and thought it could translate into the fullback setting so I think itís going to be a good thing. Itís just getting the feel.Ē

You canít blame Smith at all. After all, who would possibly tell a coach they donít want to do more and try to get on the field more?! However, you do have to wonder how it could possibly work, Smith being a full back, with Nix still on the roster. But letís not assume Smith canít handle both sides of the football.

In fact, Smith can carry the football. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior in High School, but played strictly defense as a pass-rushing defensive end at Northern Illinois, where he recorded 30 sacks and 58 tackles for loss.

The flip side is learning two positions at the NFL level certainly isnít easy, but that isnít how Smith sees it. He sees it as doubling his chances to make the football team.

ďIt puts a little bit on my plate but itís not something I canít handle,Ē Smith said. ďItís definitely an opportunity that I want to have and itís a great opportunity to show what I can do so I really like it.Ē

The move from defense to offense even requires him to change jerseys from No. 51, a linebacker number, to No. 42, an ball carrier number. Fans love a good underdog story, and Smith certainly has that attached to him as he tries to make the Steelers roster by any means necessary.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest and greatest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for the preseason in just over a week.

Oviedo
08-02-2019, 08:35 AM
IMO this shows that Smith is making this team. They are making him a "Swiss Army Knife" player which can only be good for him. It wasn't like he was going to be the starting OLB this year so good plan.

Eddie Spaghetti
08-02-2019, 08:49 AM
I don't believe it helps him make the 53 that much

we don't use the fullback we have now enough. I can't imagine him getting any snaps over Rosie. that would be stupid

Buzz
08-02-2019, 09:19 AM
I don't believe it helps him make the 53 that much

we don't use the fullback we have now enough. I can't imagine him getting any snaps over Rosie. that would be stupid
Agreed. The way Smith makes the team is to show himself to be a very capable contributor on special teams. Then maybe he has a chance to work his way onto the field at LB/FB over the next couple of years.

Steel Maniac
08-02-2019, 10:33 AM
Agreed. The way Smith makes the team is to show himself to be a very capable contributor on special teams. Then maybe he has a chance to work his way onto the field at LB/FB over the next couple of years.

I agree and I think that management does see him getting on the field in a significant way other then special teams.

Iron City Inc.
08-02-2019, 02:25 PM
The more you can do the better. In game Nix gets banged up n you have someone with reps. Looking forward to the preseason games n if he gets reps there and how he does with those reps will be telling. One thing he does have going for him he was very good as a special team player in college.

Steelerphile
08-02-2019, 06:18 PM
He can run, he is a 4.47 guy or something like that. He is strongly muscled. His main drawback is that he is on the short side for OLB, but he seems to have the perfect build and athleticism for special teams.

hawaiiansteel
08-02-2019, 06:36 PM
He can run, he is a 4.47 guy or something like that.

Smith ran a 4.69.


https://www.nfl.com/prospects/sutton-smith?id=3219534d-4967-1290-7c06-bc9db721f480


https://www.hustlebelt.com/2019/4/24/18513864/2019-nfl-draft-profile-sutton-smith-de-olb-northern-illinois

Steelerphile
08-02-2019, 08:22 PM
I didn't mean 4.47 at the combine. I meant at the pro day, after practice; in high school. Somewhere he ran 4.47.

hawaiiansteel
08-02-2019, 08:55 PM
I didn't mean 4.47 at the combine. I meant at the pro day, after practice; in high school. Somewhere he ran 4.47.

yeah, he's definitely fast. what was equally impressive is his 6.75 in the 3-cone drill, he has very quick feet.

Disco1981
08-03-2019, 12:26 AM
yeah, he's definitely fast. what was equally impressive is his 6.75 in the 3-cone drill, he has very quick feet.

Yes,the 3 come...I heard he bettered most of the RB's and WR's in that drill

flippy
08-03-2019, 10:28 AM
With his athleticism, perhaps theyíre thinking about him more as a RB?

Weíve got another DE turned RB on the roster in Conner.

If weíre thinking on him as a FB in the Nix sense of FBs, thatís potentially a waste of Smithís athleticism.