One of the biggest challenges that the Steelers have faced in recent years, is finding a suitable replacement at Punt Returner for Antonio Brown. The Steelers have gone many routes to solve this problem. When Dri Archer was drafted in 2014, he was sought to be the one to take over the reigns at this position. Unfortunately for the Steelers, Dri Archer failed to live up to expectations as Running back and punt returner; inevitably he was waived in November 2015.
Around that same time, Jacoby Jones was claimed off waivers to be the answer to this problem; two fumbles later against the Indiapolis Colts, Jones was demoted then eventually released in 2016. Early last season, both Demarcus Ayers and Eli Rogers shared duties at punt returner; both Rogers and Ayers performed adequately in this role.
Now the Steelers have one more option that can potentially be what they have been looking for; enter Cameron Sutton. Many remember that Sutton was drafted in the 3rd round of this year's NFL draft, to play the role of slot Cornerback. What many may not have been aware of, is that Sutton played the duo role of kickoff and punt returner with the Tennessee Volunteers. In his Junior, Sutton accounted for 467 punt return yards and two touchdowns on 26 return attempts; that is an average of 18 yards per attempt.
For Sutton as the case with every rookie in training camp looking for every angle to make the 53-man roster, if he can prove that he is an upgrade at punt returner, this might be the most ideal path to attaining this goal.