Mike Tomlin: Devin Bush’s debut reminiscent of Ryan Shazier’s debut

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The Steelers traded up in the first round of this year’s draft in order to select Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick and the impetus for the move was what they were missing at linebacker in 2018.

They were missing what Ryan Shazier brought to the middle of the defense before suffering a spinal cord injury. It’s hard to expect any rookie to play at that kind of level right off the bat, but head coach Mike Tomlin has seen some early signs that the first-round pick can follow a similar trajectory.

“I thought it was a very solid performance,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Really [it was] kind of reminiscent of Ryan Shazier’s performance in his first home preseason game a number of years ago in terms of production and getting around and making a number of plays.”

Shazier had 11 tackles and an interception in that 2014 game while Bush recorded 10 tackles against the Buccaneers last week. As long as the rookie remains healthy, he’ll get ample opportunities to show he’s the right guy to replace Shazier in Pittsburgh.

5 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Devin Bush’s debut reminiscent of Ryan Shazier’s debut

  1. He looked good getting to the ball and making tackles, but he has to show he can be disciplined in coverage or NFL QBs will pick on him. Definitely a bright spot so far.

  2. dryzzt23 says:
    August 15, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Yet again the Buckeye is better than the Wolverine.
    Last I checked T.J. Watt was a Badger, so by your theory that would make the Badgers better than the Wolverine’s.

  3. In all honesty he was a step slower when it was first team vs. first team. He made most of his impact when Tampa’s two’s came in. I’m sure he will catch up to the speed of the game in no time. Hopefully Tomlin does as well.

  4. I loved Bush coming out and believe he is going to be one of the next stud MLB’s in the NFL in the Steelers scheme. If Arizona wasn’t in the QB market or picking 1st i’d of loved to see them add a talent like Bush to their LB room, he is the real deal and can do it all as a 3 down LB and is a tackling machine w/ sideline to sideline speed. Steelers fans should be very excited, I think he is going to be significantly better than the guy he was drafted to replace in Ryan Shazier.

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