Sean Davis gets 1st shot at Steelers’ free safety spot
Sean Davis got the first crack at playing the free safety position Thursday when the Steelers opened training camp at Saint Vincent.
Davis occupied the secondary alongside strong safety Morgan Burnett, who signed with the Steelers as a free agent after spending eight years with the Green Bay Packers.
Rookie first-round pick Terrell Edmunds and veteran free-agent Nat Berhe were the second-team safeties.
Davis, the 2016 second-round pick, spent his first two seasons playing strong safety. A switch was necessitated by Mike Mitchell’s release in March.
Coach Mike Tomlin cautioned against reading too much into Davis’ transition.
“The safety position in the National Football League today is really interchangeable,” he said. “Your perceptions of free and strong in a traditional sense aren’t necessarily what it has been. You have to be able to do it all in today’s NFL at the safety position - cover, play half field, play single high. It’s not that drastic of a transition, to be honest with you.”
Tyler Matakevich, who backed up Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker last season, worked with the first team much like he did in offseason workouts. Jon Bostic, signed as a free agent, also got some first-team reps and was used as a linebacker in some subpackages.
L.J. Fort and undrafted free agent Matthew Thomas took some snaps at inside linebacker with the second team. The backup cornerbacks were Coty Sensabaugh and 2017 fifth-round pick Brian Allen. Cam Sutton worked as the slot corner with the second team.