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    Upon further review, Sutton Smith playing fullback wasn’t just a gimmick

    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 wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 wasn’t just a cute gimmick all along...

    “Honestly, I’m here for whatever he needs,” Smith told Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “I’m 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 it’s going to be a good thing. It’s just getting the feel.”

    You can’t blame Smith at all. After all, who would possibly tell a coach they don’t 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 let’s not assume Smith can’t 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 isn’t easy, but that isn’t how Smith sees it. He sees it as doubling his chances to make the football team.

    “It puts a little bit on my plate but it’s not something I can’t handle,” Smith said. “It’s definitely an opportunity that I want to have and it’s a great opportunity to show what I can do so I really like it.”

    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    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.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelerphile View Post
    He can run, he is a 4.47 guy or something like that.
    Smith ran a 4.69.

    https://www.nfl.com/prospects/sutton...6-bc9db721f480

    https://www.hustlebelt.com/2019/4/24...thern-illinois

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelerphile View Post
    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.

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