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With Steven Nelson being released earlier this week, Cam Sutton, who signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Steelers last week will step up into the No. 2 role at cornerback.
"No question. I'm coming for it all. I am definitely coming for it all," Sutton told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. "That is just the competitive edge in me. An opportunity presented itself, and I am embracing that and ready to step into that role and give everything I can and will to help this organization. I just want to keep this thing rolling.
"I am excited for the guys we have in the building that I go to work with every day. We are able to continue that bond that carries the fight on the field. You do all of the work and build relationships and that is what carries the team. We are going to continue to get closer, add new pieces and continue to put ourselves in the best situation to win."
Sutton was a jack of all trades player for the Steelers secondary the last few years and he also had a knack for stripping the ball away from opposing players last year, leading the team with three forced fumbles that just happened to occur in three straight games against the Ravens, Cowboys and Bengals.
"That is exciting, so exciting," Sutton said. "Knowing you can do it and it's your opportunity. All of the work leading up to the moments, you don't think about it. But practicing those techniques are things we work on. Seeing the reps come to fruition, that is a testament to being consistent and a product of the work I put in. Good things happen when you are flying around, when you are around the ball, when you don't have highs and lows. You come ready to compete and get better and you will. You will see your game elevate.
"I always live by this. My college coach told me 'the football gods will reward you if you live right.' I always go by that, on and off the field. Handle your business, how you carry yourself. I always live by that. Being the person people can come to for anything. I might not know every answer, but you can talk to me, you can express and be yourself. I have always been that person to let people express that. It's so much more enjoyable to do it with people in the organization and everyone we encounter around us. That is how we touch people in the world. That is how you create your impact, that is your true impact."
Sutton will be looking to make an impact in 2021 as a starting cornerback opposite of Joe Haden and the Steelers will need him to be able to force turnovers along with being a lockdown cornerback, especially with the team losing Nelson and Mike Hilton in the secondary this offseason.