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Steelers’ Training Camp Recap: Mike Hilton is turning into the ultimate defensive weapon

The Steelers were back on the gridiron at training camp, and we’ve got the recap for you!

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The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Senquez Golson in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft in the hope he’d become a versatile playmaker in the defensive secondary. As everyone knows by now, Golson couldn’t stay healthy and he’s now out of the NFL.

What no one saw coming was that Golson’s college teammate, Mike Hilton, would find his way to Pittsburgh and become the exact player the Steelers saw in Golson — and then some.

Hilton has become much more than just a slot cornerback for the Black-and-gold — he’s becoming a very versatile weapon for Keith Butler’s defense.

Throughout this training camp, Hilton has shown last year’s performance wasn’t a fluke. On the contrary, he’s proven his ceiling is even higher.

This might seem like a stretch considering he finished 2017 with 64 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions, but the Steelers have been deploying Hilton in a variety of ways heading into 2018. Slot cornerback, tremendous blitzer and now even as a deep safety. Regardless of the situation or position, it seems all Hilton does is make plays.

When you look at the Steelers’ defensive roster, Hilton is slowly becoming one of the most important pieces in the overall puzzle. Can he step up his game from his 2017 performance? I wouldn’t bet against him.

Now it’s time to dive into some other nuggets from the Steelers’ latest training camp practice:

Bad JuJu

JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t have the best practice today, and left the workout early with his knee wrapped in ice.

2-minute Drill

The Steelers unleashed the two-minute drill work today, and here’s a rough recap of how it turned out:

To see video from practice, and especially the two-minute drill, click HERE.