Alex Highsmith looking for 10-to-12 sacks this season.

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Alex Highsmith went from a reserve role on the edge of the Steelers defense as a rookie to starting 16 games during the 2021 season and he’s looking to make a jump in another area this year.

Highsmith has eight sacks over his first two seasons with the team after jumping from two as a rookie to six last year. He said on a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s looking to more than double that number once he hits the field this fall.

“I gotta hit those double digit sack markers,” Highsmith said, via “And so I’m just gonna do whatever I can. I’ve been working my butt off this offseason. Just be the best player that I can be. I’m in great shape right now. Feel great . . . I know the goal that I’ve had for this year is that 10-to-12 sack mark and just continuing to make plays in the run game.”

T.J. Watt tied the NFL single-season record with 22.5 sacks last season, so offenses should be paying plenty of attention to their blocking schemes on his side of the field. If Highsmith can capitalize on that and hit his goal, the Steelers defense will be a lot to handle this year.

3 responses to “Alex Highsmith looking for 10-to-12 sacks this season.

  1. Steelers defense will be stacked this year. Offense – not so much. They will lose a lot of low scoring games.

  2. Has he also been training for the other 900 or so snaps he’s going to be on the field with his defensive teammates or is he only interested in making sure he gets his 10-12 moments of personal glory?

  3. Sacks are an overrated stat, and his teammates get plenty of them. He needs to focus on stopping the RB quickly instead -the Steelers sucked vs the run last yr. Too many 3rd-and-4 running conversions against them.

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