Clemson Pros: Sensabaugh makes most of opportunity with Steelers

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Sensabaugh notched his third career interception in a rematch with his former team (USA TODAY Sports-Evan Habeeb).
Sensabaugh notched his third career interception in a rematch with his former team (USA TODAY Sports-Evan Habeeb).

Highlights from the week for Clemson’s NFL products:

Coty Sensabaugh has had to bide his time as a reserve with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season.

Called on to make his 30th career start against Tennessee last week, the sixth-year pro made the most of it.

Sensabaugh jumped a route for his career interception – a first since October 2015 – and returned it 32 yards in a 40-17 win.

The former Titans fourth-round pick has posted six of his nine tackles in the last two games, as well as both passes defended. He credits the coaching staff for being ready for the moment.

“We have great coaches that prepare us very well,” Sensabaugh told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They get us right. We depend on each other. We fight hard and we just go out there and have fun together no matter who is out there. We have a lot of capable guys in that room.

“This is by far the deepest secondary that I’ve been a part of. We have a lot of guys who started elsewhere who aren’t starting here just because of the numbers.”

The Kingsport, Tennessee native played four seasons with the Titans, split time between the L.A. Rams and New York Giants last season and signed with Pittsburgh in March.

He’s seen action in 82 games with 160 solo tackles, 25 passes defended and one pick-six.

Quick hits: Martavis Bryant contributed two catches for 30 yards in the Steelers win…The Texans got back on the winning track with DeAndre Hopkins bringing in four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in a 31-21 victory over Arizona. Carlos Watkins and Marcus Gilchrist each contributed two tackles – D.J. Reader posting one stop…Miami Dolphins cornerback Cordrea Tankersley put up six tackles (four solo) and two pass breakups in a 30-20 loss to Tampa Bay. Dolphins DE Andre Branch contributed one tackle…Mackensie Alexander posted two solo stops and a pass breakup in a 24-7 win over the Rams…Dwayne Allen backed up his first touchdown (and catch) of the season last week with two catches for 24 yards in a 33-8 over the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City…Rams receiver Sammy Watkins hauled in three catches for 36 yards in four targets…Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland totaled three pass breakups and three tackles in a 34-31 overtime loss at New Orleans…Giants running back Wayne Gallman carried the ball six times for 19 yards and had a catch for three yards in a 12-9 win over Kansas City…Chargers receiver Mike Williams saw a season-high eight targets with five catches for 38 yards in a 54-24 win over Buffalo. On the other side, Shaq Lawson posted four solo tackles, including a sack…Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown was targeted three times with one catch for 22 yards in a 31-21 loss at Houston…Adam Humphries brought in two catches for 11 yards in a win at Miami...Falcons former Tigers Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett play Monday night at Seattle versus Clemson product Byron Maxwell with the Seahawks.

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