Devin Bush shows leadership at first Steelers practice

AP

The Steelers drafted linebacker Devin Bush to be a leader, and he’s already leading.

Via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the tenth overall pick already has asserted himself, during the first practice of his career.

“I just wanted to be vocal the best I could and trust what I see, whether I was right or wrong,” Bush said, according to Dulac. “I know concepts already, I just got to learn the language — different things they call, different things they speak. I just got to get familiar with the playbook, get familiar with the language and get confident in my playcalling.”

Fellow rookie Justin Layne noticed Bush’s abilities immediately.

“He’s a great leader, very vocal,” Layne said, per Dulac. “He’s going to be good. I can tell. You can tell. He was calling the right defenses and everything. He knows what’s going on.”

Bush wanted to wear No. 10, but since linebackers can’t wear numbers like 10 he went with 55, explaining that five plus five is 10. (Hang on a second. OK, confirmed.) But the number doesn’t matter nearly as much as the colors.

“Now I’m a part of the Steelers organization,” Bush said. “I’m a Steeler. I’m very grateful to be in this position right now.”

The Steelers are grateful to have him. They last traded up for a defensive player in 2003, and Troy Polamalu became the heart and soul of the defense through a pair of Super Bowl wins.

19 responses to “Devin Bush shows leadership at first Steelers practice

  1. “I know concepts already, I just got to learn the language — different things they call, different things they speak. I just got to get familiar with the playbook, get familiar with the language and get confident in my playcalling.”

    And this is why rookie mini camps should absolutely not be taken out from the CBA. They install the playbooks for the rookies for the first time, and its very much needed.

    What the league does not need is pandering to soft players because of 3 days of work.

  2. Many people thought the Steelers gave up too much to move up, and draft Bush. Not me. When the Steelers made a similar move to draft Troy Polamalu, the same types of things were said. I’m not saying Bush will have the same success as Troy, but he has all the tools to be a great player.

  3. Too bad the pack didnt move down and get him they had the capital to do so. Instead they got a guy (Gary) who never showed much at Mich, the word potential got old. If they think he can be another Mathews they picked the wrong dude. Le seriously lacks agility to move left right.

  4. Hope this kid turns out the be the next great one for the Steelers. Some help from Justin Layne and Steve Nelson in the secondary and who knows what this years Steeler team can achieve.

  5. This says a lot more about the lack of leadership from the veterans on the team than it does about Bush. I wish T) still had the “ability” to play for Pittsburgh. I miss seeing TB make Troy run around, looking like a chicken with his head cut off.

  6. If players want to wear a different number, just have the team list you at a different position. Steelers could list Bush as a QB and just say “our backup QB also happens to play linebacker”

  7. The middle linebacker is kind of like the QB of the defense. QB’s need to be very smart, and it helps to be a great athlete too. Great athletes with no smarts won’t cut it at MLB. Devon Bush has both. This was a great draft pick for the Steelers. Some thought he was too small. Ask Aaron Donald about too small.

  8. This says a lot more about the lack of leadership from the veterans on the team than it does about Bush. I wish T) still had the “ability” to play for Pittsburgh. I miss seeing TB make Troy run around, looking like a chicken with his head cut off.

    It says nothing about veteran leadership at all and more about your hate for the Steelers. Its sad that you have to live in your memories to make up something about a rookies first practice on a team you hate because they are not known as the team that gets caught cheating.thanks for the knuckle dragging analysis of a lack of veteran leadership when they are not even there……smdh

  9. I wouldn’t get too excited about a rookie because he’s willing to run his mouth, even in his own words, he’s not sure what he’s talking about. I’m sure he will be, as a minimum, an average NFL linebacker. Any pronouncements made after one day of rookie mini camp isn’t worth listening to. Give him a couple of years and check back in.

  10. I think we make a mistake with equating being a great leader and being vocal. Some of the best leaders in football didn’t say much, and some of the most vocal players weren’t great leaders at all. Let’s give it time here and see how it plays out.

  11. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    He is small and not that good

    Bush should be pleased with that evaluation from someone who is a piss poor talent evaluator.
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    Lol. I was thinking the same thing. Had his favorite team moved up, and grabbed a top prospect player at position of need, it would have been hailed as the greatest move in the history of the NFL.

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