The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have been happy about their defensive performance against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 of the NFL preseason, and no one would argue with them. The unit couldn’t get off the field on third down, and one cornerback, who hasn’t had the best preseason to date, was being beaten repeatedly. That cornerback would be Ross Cockrell.
Cockrell, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017 season, has been burned on more than one occasion this preseason, and it was very evident against Atlanta last Sunday.
After the team digested the film, it wasn’t Cockrell getting first team reps at practice, but veteran journeyman Coty Sensabaugh.
Coty Sensabaugh confirmed he got 1st-team reps at CB. Easily most he's gotten all camp when all the CBs were healthy.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 23, 2017
This news doesn’t mean Cockrell has been officially demoted, or that Cockrell didn’t receive any first team reps, but it does mean is the team is willing to give someone else a look heading into the final dress rehearsal this Saturday when the Steelers host the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.
The team has been searching for answers at the cornerback position, especially when both Cameron Sutton, rookie third round pick, and Senquez Golson have been injured almost all of training camp and have yet to play in the preseason.
Sensabaugh has a chance to prove himself worthy, the question now is will he take it and run, or give it back to Cockrell?