And I think that we can attempt to draw some correlation between what the team has done so far this offseason and Rooney's comment about wanting to work on the red-zone offense. "There's no reason why he can't contribute and be a significant player, but he'll be a young player". How has he progressed since moving to the defensive side of the ball? As noted before, he put up huge numbers - racking up 17.5 sacks and pressured the quarterback on a consistent basis. He doesn't turn 21 until July and is the second-youngest player ever drafted by the Steelers. He's athletic and has the motivation to become better every practice, every snap.
Set to host several additional undrafted free agent players for tryouts during rookie minicamp, it is likely Pittsburgh will ultimately need to release more than just eight names. He ran for 132 yards in an upset win over eventual national champion Clemson, part of a finishing kick in which he went over 100 yards in four of his final six games. He was absolutely a defensive leader by the end of the year.
T.J. Watt spent his childhood playing in the considerable shadow of older brothers J.J. and Derek.
Jake: The experience is the one major call out. Not bad for a player who arrived at Wisconsin in 2013 as a tight end and didn't switch to defense until 2015.
It isn't a question of if the Steelers will draft an inside linebacker, it's a matter of when.
He endeared himself to Steelers executives not just with his football skills but the way he persevered through chemotherapy treatments to train with his Pitt teammates prior to the 2016 season. The Steelers need insurance if Bryant doesn't make it all the way back from conditional reinstatement.
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Bryant then claims his wife persuaded him to move to Atlanta so that she could pursue career opportunities. While this lawsuit sounds outrageous, it could be winnable in the state of Mississippi .
In Pittsburgh, pass rushing can make you a God.
"It's just incredible. We are so proud of James and thrilled that our neighbors got themselves a world-class person and player". In 2016, the breakout year was evident. The Steelers front office will probably look to develop him over the years and have him learn from Roethlisberger.
Thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Christmas might get a little awkward for the Watt family this year.
Owen: Watt is the energizer bunny on defense. It's going to be the start of a pass rush that will quickly take over the NFL. While he doesn't show the fluid hip flexibility and bend all of the time, there are flashes of it. Harrison, 38, can be expected to have diminishing returns as he continues to age and by drafting Watt the Steelers are signaling they are planning for the future.
"I know it's surreal, I know it's an unbelievable thing, but you've got to get over that", Tomlin said. He got a clean scan for cancer even before the National Football League combine and said few teams asked about it.