Artie Burns is the second member of the secondary that had problems in 2017. With the signing of Joe Haden, Burns’ expectations weren’t as high, but he was still expected to be a strong force in this pass defense.
That wasn’t the case. While Burns did play well a lot of the time, he was beat deep in almost every game. He definitely improved overall since his rookie campaign, but when you have issues covering the deep ball in today’s NFL, you’re not going to keep a job.
Cameron Sutton looks to be very promising. If he comes out hot in 2018, he could force the coaches’ hands in putting him on the outside. This might move Burns to the slot where he won’t need to cover the long ball, but it could also push him to the free agent market in 2019.